Trans Texas student drops out after new gender policy



Former Mayde Creek High School student Kadence Carter, 17, is all smiles as he playfully climbs a tree while spending time at his father’s workplace on Dec. 8, 2023, in Houston.

Acceptance, then defeat 

“There’s no hunting”

Then-Mayde Creek High School sophomore Kadence Carter at school Aug. 18, 2022, in Katy. Kadence, a transgender teen, unenrolled from the school after constant bullying and the passage of a new district gender identity policy.

Trial and error

Educators end their restorative justice circle session with positive affirmations on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024, in Houston. Restorative practices provide students and adults with an intentional, inclusive, and respectful way of thinking about, talking about, and responding to behavioral issues.

Kadence Carter, 17, holds incense in the empty bedroom he took in the League City home where he recently moved with his father, William Carter, on Feb. 16.

Cautiously optimistic 




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