Some trans kids got gender-affirming care. TX calls it child abuse, probes families

Texans gather to oppose anti-trans legislation in 2021. Last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a new policy equating gender-affirming care to child abuse. Credit: USA TODAY NETWORK via Reuters Connect.

President Joe Biden addressed new laws and policies targeting LGBTQ youth during his State of the Union address on Tuesday: “The onslaught of state laws targeting transgender Americans and their families is simply wrong. I’ve said last year, especially to our younger transgender Americans, I’ll always have your back as your president, so you can be yourself and reach your God-given potential.”

Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott last week told state officials to start classifying medical treatments for transgender kids as child abuse. The ACLU and Lambda Legal have sued, saying the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services has already started investigating the parents of some trans kids.

The Texas policy is just one of many recent efforts in red states to restrict the rights of LGBTQ youth.



  • Kate Sosin - reporter covering gender politics and public policy at The 19th News