They deserved it. There is overwhelming evidence supporting
gender-affirming care - and yet transphobes have wide range of denialist
tactics so that they can ban it.
Civil rights groups say Gov. Greg Abbott's new policy violates Texas law
and the rights of transgender kids and their parents.
Civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas over
a new policy that classifies gender-affirming care for kids as child
abuse, subjects parents and doctors to investigations, and blocks health
care for transgender youth.
In a complaint filed Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and
Lambda Legal argue that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s new directive violates
both the state constitution and the rights of transgender children and
The Republican governor and other state leaders “have, without
Constitutional or statutory authority, acted to create a new definition
of ‘child abuse’ that singles out a subset of loving parents for
scrutiny, investigation, and potential family separation,” the lawsuit
states. “Their actions caused terror and anxiety among transgender youth
and their families across the Lone Star State and singled out
transgender youth and their families for discrimination and harassment.”
Furthermore, the lawsuit argues, the state’s actions “threaten to
endanger the health and wellbeing of transgender youth in Texas by
depriving them of medically necessary care, while communicating that
transgender people and their families are not welcome in Texas.”
Last week, Abbott issued a letter directing the Texas Department of
Family and Protective Services to investigate any parents who seek out
what he’s calling “abusive gender-transitioning procedures” for their
children, including genital reconstruction, mastectomies and the
administration of puberty-blocking drugs and other hormone therapies.
Abbott’s directive also calls on other state agencies to investigate any
facilities where those treatments may have occurred.
Tuesday’s lawsuit was filed on behalf of one of the first families
investigated under Abbott’s new policy, which includes a mother who
works for the family services department tasked with conducting those
investigations. The agency has placed her on administrative leave, and
investigators have shown up at her door, the lawsuit states, leaving her
worried she may permanently lose her livelihood.
Her daughter, a 16-year-old identified as Mary Doe in the lawsuit, “has
been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, a serious medical condition, and
is currently receiving medically necessary care for the treatment of her
gender dysphoria,” the lawsuit details.
“We are terrified for Mary’s health and wellbeing, and for our family. I
feel betrayed by my state and the agency for whom I work,” her mother
wrote in a declaration filed with the lawsuit.
“Being able to be affirmed as who she is, including through the course
of treatment prescribed by her doctors,” she continued, “has brought
Mary significant relief and allowed her to thrive.”
Abbott’s office has not yet offered any comment regarding the lawsuit.