Despite State Injunctions, Parents Say Texas Is Still Investigating Trans Kids for Potential ‘Abuse’
Even though two state judges have ordered Texas officials to stop initiating abuse investigations of families of trans youths while a lawsuit moves forward, those investigations are still happening, according to some new court filings.
In February, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton put out a memo declaring that it’s considered possible child abuse worthy of potential prosecution if parents seek medical treatment like puberty-blocking drugs or hormones for trans kids. Gov. Greg Abbott subsequently ordered the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to launch investigations, even if the trans kids, parents, and medical professionals were all in agreement with the line of treatment.
Investigations did indeed follow and parents quickly filed lawsuits, assisted by Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas to try to stop this harassment. There have been multiple injunctions by state district judges Amy Clark Meachum and Jan Soifer stopping investigations of the families involved in the lawsuits. But despite the individual injunctions, other families with trans youths continue to report that state officials are investigating, interviewing, and, according to parents involved, traumatizing trans kids.
Two additional families have come forward. In one case, a trans teen was pulled out of class and interrogated by officials asking personal questions, including probing him about a previous suicide attempt. For the second family, DFPS officials opened up an investigation of a student who was exploring “social transitioning,” asking to be called by they/them pronouns, and seeing a psychiatrist but not receivi
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