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How one Kansas City family is coping with anti-trans legislation

Lawmakers in Kansas and Missouri are passing bans on transgender kids' participation in sports and restrictions on gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth. We hear from the parents of a transgender teenager in Kansas City, who describe the immense mental and physical toll these political debates are having on their family.

Debi Jackson was a communications and marketing professional before she and her husband, Tom, had a child who began a non-medical transition to become a girl at the age of four. Since Avery was young, Debi has used her communications skills to educate herself and her family as well as people in her community about transgender kids. But she and her husband Tom say today's political climate has created challenges they’ve not faced in all their years of advocacy.

KCUR's Laura Ziegler sat down for a conversation with Debi and Tom to learn more about the toll debates in Jefferson City have had on Avery and how the climate and attitude surrounding trans people has changed over recent years.

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Kansas City Today is hosted by Laura Ziegler. It is produced by Paris Norvell, Byron Love and KCUR Studios and edited by Gabe Rosenberg and Lisa Rodriguez.

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