finalist for Time’s Kid of the Year.Kai Shappley of Austin testified before a Texas Senate committee last April when two bills banning gender-affirming care for young people were under consideration; one would even have classified providing such care as child abuse.“I love ballet, math, science, and geology,” she told the committee by way of introduction. “I spend my free time with my cats, chickens, FaceTiming my friends, and dreaming of when I finally get to meet Dolly Parton.

I do not like spending my free time asking adults to make good choices.”“It makes me sad that some politicians use trans kids like me to get votes from people who hate me just because I exist,” she went on. “God made me.

God loves me for who I am. And God does not make mistakes.”Video of Shappley’s testimony quickly went viral. The bills did not ultimately pass, although Texas legislators did later approve a bill barring trans student athletes from participating in sports under their gender identity, and Gov.