Putting these policies in perspective
Texas lawmakers made a disturbing announcement that has been part of an ongoing wave of recent anti-LGBTQIA+ policies and proposed legislation in the United States.
Through an opinion released by Attorney General Ken Paxton and a letter from Texas Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, state politicians revealed a proposed policy that declared the act of offering gender-affirming medical care to transgender and nonbinary teenagers should be investigated as “child abuse.”
Medical providers as well as LGBTQIA+ activists and allies have decried this policy as not just transphobic but damaging to the well-being and safety of trans and nonbinary young people.
They assert that gender-affirming care isn’t child abuse. In fact, research has shown that it can save lives.