Texas court expands protections for families with trans kids
The big picture: The decision expands on a district court's previous injunction to protect some families that are part of PFLAG, which has sued to block state investigations against them for supporting gender-affirming care.
- PFLAG claims more than 600 members in Texas, per the Texas Tribune.
Catch up fast: In May, the Texas Supreme Court said that state agencies could but were not required to continue conducting child abuse investigations against the parents of trans children, Axios' Oriana Gonzalez reports.
- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) ordered state agencies in February to investigate gender-affirming care for transgender kids as child abuse.
- There are multiple ongoing lawsuits challenging the directive.
What they're saying: “Today, families of transgender kids in Texas who are members of PFLAG National find shelter from Gov. Abbott's unjust order,” Brian K. Bond, executive director of PFLAG National, said.
- “Once again a Texas court has stepped in to say what we knew from the beginning: State leaders have no business interfering with life-saving care essential for transgender youth,” ACLU of Texas' Adri Pérez said.
Between the lines: Medical organizations have condemned Abbott's directive, saying it could have a detrimental effect on the mental health of transgender youth.
- Over two-thirds of LGBTQ youth have said that debates over state laws that target transgender people have negatively impacted their mental health, according to a poll by the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.