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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. When the school district refused, Shappley’s mother moved the family nearer to Austin in order to hopefully find a more pliant school district.

Now, the younger Shappley will be playing the character of “Bailey” — a trans female character — on the upcoming Netflix show. According to KPRC-TV, Shappley’s mother said, “I got a Facebook message from someone in LA that there was a spot for a trans girl on The Babysitter’s Club and they asked if she wanted to play the part of Bailey.” The family then flew to Vancouver, Canada, a week later for filming.

Shappley has already been the subject of a documentary produced by the ACLU called “Trans in America: Texas Strong,” and also hopes to have other future acting opportunities. According to KPRC, Shappley is already involved in another filming project.

Author: Leon Wolf

Source: The Blaze: Netflix show will feature transgender character who is 9 years old

Democrats condemn the investigation as a partisan gimmick

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to authorize Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) to issue subpoenas to Blue Star Strategies in connection with an investigation into Hunter Biden’s dealings with Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.

The investigation into the presumptive Democratic nominee’s son came about as the result of the Democrats’ attempt to impeach President Donald Trump. The Democratic investigation conducted by the House along party lines sought to remove the president from office on the basis that he allegedly pressured the Ukrainian government into investigating Hunter Biden.

During the course of that investigation, it was revealed that former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter had been paid a $50,000 a month salary by Burisma despite having no obvious expertise in the natural gas industry.

Since the impeachment investigation, Republicans in the Senate have sought to investigate whether Blue Star Strategies, a public relations firm retained by Burisma, sought to leverage Hunter Biden’s position on Burisma’s board to influence policymakers in the Obama State Department.

Democrats have condemned the investigation as a partisan gimmick and all Democrats on the committee voted against authorizing the subpoena, which seeks documents and a deposition from Blue Star Strategies CEO Karen Tramontano.

According to Politico, Johnson responded to Democratic objections by asking, “What is everybody worried about? If there’s nothing there, we’ll find out there’s nothing there. But if there’s something there, the American people need to know that.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden has denied any wrongdoing by himself or his son Hunter in connection with Burisma.

Author: Leon Wolf

Source: The Blaze: Senate committee votes to authorize subpoenas in Hunter Biden investigation

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