Mother Fights Texas over Bathroom Access for 5-Year-Old Transgender Child

Five. Years. Old.

The mother of a 5-year-old transgender child is fighting the Pearland Independent School District in Texas to allow her child access to the girls' bathroom.

Kimberly Shappley -- mom of soon-to-be kindergartner, Kai Shappley -- said her fight against the school district started in May. The district allows students to use gender-neutral bathrooms, found in some areas of the school, but the mom says that isn't enough.

"I went to the campus and approached the school district to try and work with them," she told ABC News today. "I wanted to make sure Kai wouldn't be discriminated against and be able to use the girl's bathroom, but it soon became very apparent that the superintendent has a very strong, prejudiced stance against the LGBTQ community."

The Pearland School District issued a statement to ABC News explaining that its "stance on transgender students remains" and all "Pearland ISD kindergarten classrooms have a private, gender-neutral bathroom within the classroom for student use."

But Shapply wasn't happy with just a gender neutral bathroom.

Kimberly Shappley told ABC News today that she was still concerned her daughter, Kai, would feel alienated and discriminated against if she wanted to use the girls' bathroom during recess, physical education, or assemblies -- times she might not have access to a kindergarten classroom where a gender-neutral bathroom is available.

"I am a devout and conservative Christian and an ordained minister," she said and explained that she tried to "make" her child behave like a boy when he was a toddler.

"I knew my kid was different before the age of 2," Shappley said. "My child was very feminine, flamboyant and dramatic. No matter how I tried to punish, reshape or discipline her, she continued being very feminine."

Kai, who is named Joseph on his birth certificate, was suicidal. "Kai was begging the Lord to let her die," she said. "My child would pray and ask the Lord to let Joseph go to heaven and be with Jesus."

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