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click to enlarge Naia Fulton-Jones chants in front of the Texas Capitol on Mar. 1 to protest for transgender kids’ rights. - Texas Tribune / Lauren Witte

Texas Tribune / Lauren Witte

Naia Fulton-Jones chants in entrance of the Texas Capitol on Mar. 1 to protest for transgender children’ rights.

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Texas’ little one welfare company is as soon as once more blocked from investigating mother and father who present gender-affirming care to their transgender youngsters. The injunction applies to any household that belongs to PFLAG, an LGBTQ advocacy group with greater than 600 members in Texas.

The injunction additionally particularly protects a handful of households named within the swimsuit, together with the Briggles, outspoken advocates for transgender youth who had been among the many first to be investigated underneath this directive.

That is the most recent chapter in a monthslong authorized battle over whether or not offering medically indicated gender-affirming well being care, underneath the steerage of a physician, might lead to a discovering of kid abuse by the state.

In February, following a nonbinding authorized opinion from Legal professional Basic Ken Paxton, Gov. Greg Abbott directed the Division of Household and Protecting Providers to analyze mother and father who present gender-affirming care to their transgender youngsters.

The Texas Supreme Courtroom has dominated that Abbott had no grounds to direct DFPS to analyze these households however overturned a statewide injunction on procedural grounds.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Authorized introduced one other lawsuit after that first injunction was overturned, looking for protections on behalf of all members of PFLAG. Travis County District Choose Amy Clark Meachum granted that injunction Friday, three months after listening to arguments.

“The courtroom has grasped the magnitude and breadth of the continued hurt that Gov. Abbott’s directive and Legal professional Basic Paxton’s opinion would have triggered if DFPS was allowed to pursue its investigations,” mentioned Nicholas “Guilly” Guillory, a lawyer with Lambda Authorized.

The lawsuit, filed in June, outlined examples of that hurt, together with the story of 1 16-year-old transgender boy who tried suicide the identical day the governor issued his directive.

“[He] mentioned that the political surroundings, together with Abbott’s Letter, and being misgendered in school, led him to take these actions,” the lawsuit mentioned.

The outpatient psychiatric facility the place the younger man sought care later reported his mother and father for offering him with gender-affirming care.

Paxton’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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