“Netflix has announced that it plans to allow a 9-year-old transgender child at the center of a bathroom controversy in Texas to star in its upcoming series, ‘The Baby-Sitters Club,’ and that the character played by the child will also be transgender.
The child, who was born male and named Joseph but who now identifies as female and goes by the name Kai Shappley, was at the center of a legal fight back in 2016. When he was just a kindergartner, Shappley’s parents insisted that in spite of the fact that he was just 5 years old, he was actually trans and should be permitted to use the girls’ restroom. Shappley’s mother said at the time that her child had claimed to be a girl since the time he was 2 or 3 years old.
The Pearland, Texas, Independent School District offered to allow Shappley to use private, gender-neutral restrooms, which were located in each kindergarten room on the school’s campus, but Shappley’s mother insisted that the child should be allowed to use the girls’ restroom.”