Parents of trans teen investigated under new Texas law, lawsuit says

The parents of a transgender teenager in Texas said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the state is investigating them after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered officials to review reports of care confirming the children’s gender as abuse.

The 16-year-old girl’s parents are asking a judge to block the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from investigating them and the parents of other transgender youth under a directive Abbott published last month.

“Their actions struck terror and anxiety among transgender youth and their families across the Lone Star State and targeted transgender youth and their families,” said the lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda. Legal.

The lawsuit marks the first report of parents being investigated following Abbott’s order and an earlier non-binding legal opinion from Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton calling certain gender confirmation treatments ” child abuse”.

The DFPS, which said last week it had no open cases, said on Tuesday it had received three reports since Abbott’s directive and Paxton’s notice, but would not say how many have resulted in investigations. The agency declined to comment on the lawsuit. The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit does not name the parents, but said the mother works at DFPS on reviewing reports of abuse and neglect. On the day of Abbott’s order, she asked her supervisor how it would affect agency policy, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit said the mother was furloughed because she had a transgender daughter and the next day she was told her family would be investigated as per the governor’s directive.

Abbott’s directive and attorney general’s opinion run counter to the nation’s largest medical groups, including the American Medical Association, which have opposed Republican-backed restrictions filed at state homes. from the country.

Last year, Arkansas became the first state to pass a law banning gender confirmation treatments for minors, and Tennessee approved a similar measure. A judge blocked the Arkansas law and the state is appealing.

The Texas teenager, who received puberty-delaying drugs and hormone therapy, was “traumatized” by the prospect of being separated from her parents and losing her care, the lawsuit alleges.

“The stress had a noticeable impact on her, and our daughter, who is generally cheerful and happy, is now more moody, stressed and overwhelmed,” the mother said in a statement filed with the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs include a licensed psychologist who the lawsuit says would be placed in an “untenable position” by putting her at risk of losing her license and other penalties if she fails to report clients who receive affirmation care from kind to the state.

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