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Kai Shappley, a Pearland native who now lives in Austin, is the inspiration for the feature length documentary, Mama Bears, which premiered at South by Southwest on March 13. Now just eleven years old, Kai became a nationally recognized activist five years ago after she and her conservative Christian mother, Kimberly Shappley, began challenging legislation targeting trans people in Texas. In 2017, she appeared at the Texas Capitol sitting on her mother’s lap while her mother testified against SB 91, a bill that aimed to prevent transgender people from using the restrooms that matched their gender identities. In 2021, Kai returned to the Capitol, this time to testify by herself against SB 1311 and SB 1646, which aimed to criminalize gender-affirming medical treatment for trans…
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