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Texas Court Rules For Transgender Youth

By Charlotte Robinson, September 19, 2022

In Texas the Travis County District Court issued a third injunction blocking the state from implementing a directive targeting trans youth & their families. The ruling was in PFLAG v. Abbott that covers all Texas families who are members of PFLAG National which has 17 chapters in Texas. Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG Nationals stated, “Today, families of transgender kids in Texas who are members of PFLAG National find shelter from Gov. Abbott's unjust order. PFLAG, our chapters in Texas & around the country are sources of support & safety from government harm because every LGBTQ+ person deserves respect, dignity & the right to access the care they need when they need it.” Nicholas “Guilly” Guillory, Tyrone Garner Memorial Law Fellow, Lambda Legal added, “Again, the court has grasped the magnitude & breadth of the continued harm that Gov. Abbott’s directive & Attorney General Paxton’s opinion would have caused if the Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS) was allowed to pursue its investigations. Families across Texas, since Gov. Abbott issued his directive, have lived in fear of the knock on the door. Even after the Texas Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Abbott could not compel DFPS to conduct investigations, many families remained under investigation. Parents who love their transgender children & work with healthcare providers to support & affirm their well-being should be celebrated, rather than investigated as criminals as the state sought to do here.” The lawsuit was filed by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union Jon L. Stryker & Slobodan Randjelović LGBTQ & HIV Project, the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, the ACLU of Texas & the law firm of Baker Botts LLP. 

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