Kristia Leyendecker has navigated a range of opposing views from her two siblings and others close to her since 2016, when the election of Donald Trump put a sharp and painful point on their political divisions as she struggled away from today’s Republican Party and they didn’t.
Then came the pandemic, the chaotic 2020 election, and more disputes over masks and vaccinations. Still, she hung on to keep the relationships intact. Everything changed in February 2021 during a devastating freeze where they all live, she with her husband and two of their three children. Leyendecker’s middle child began a gender transition, and Leyendecker’s brother, wife, and sister cut off contact with his family.