Parents of Trans Teen Sue Texas to Stop Investigations
The investigator said there was only one allegation against the parents, that their trans daughter may have been given gender-confirming medical care and passed from male to female, the complaint said.
“We are horrified for the health and well-being of Mary and for our family. I feel betrayed by the state and the agency I work for,” Mary Doe said in the complaint. She works for the Texas Department of Family Welfare Services and is currently on paid leave.
“Their (defendants’) actions have caused terror and dismay among transgender youth and their families throughout the Lone Star State and have subjected transgender youth and their families to discrimination and harassment,” the complaint states.
Megan Mooney, a Houston-based psychologist who works with transgender people, is also a plaintiff. The defendants are Abbott, Texas DFPS Commissioner Jamie Allen, and the department itself. The state government did not respond to New York Times to talk about the trial.
Abbott posted last week’s letter. The DFPS was directed to “conduct a prompt and thorough investigation into any reported instances of these abusive procedures in the State of Texas.” The letter states that prohibited “sex reassignment” treatments include sex reassignment surgery, removal of body parts, and administration of puberty-blocking drugs or supraphysiological doses of testosterone or estrogen. Supraphysiological means more than what seems natural.
Time noted that Paxton’s opinion and Abbott’s order came right before the Texas primary on March 1 and that every politician faces competition from far-right opponents. Time said the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and Lambda Legal filed suit in favor of the family.