Texas Youth Gender Clinic Closed Last Year Under Political Pressure

Some parents were outraged by this explanation.

“That doesn’t explain an awful lot of what they did,” said one mother of a Dallas transgender teen. Holly’s son has been receiving counseling and testosterone treatment at the clinic since 2018. She said, and she hopes he will continue to be followed up by his current providers at the Children’s Medical Center.

“He was seen. Let’s see if this continues,” she said. “I’m worried it won’t happen.

Andy Hackett is a 19-year-old college student who started attending Genesis three years ago. Said the clinic not only provided him with testosterone treatment and emotional support but also helped calm his parents. He said that restricting medical care to trans teens will not relieve them of need. “The mood is almost like if you take away the resources. The kids will stop being homosexual,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean that transgender children will stop being children.”

The closure of Genesis was the beginning of a wave of changes related to the care of transgender teenagers in Texas. Last week, in response to the Attorney General’s determination that hormone therapy for transgender teens could constitute child abuse. The Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, a private non-profit organization, stopped providing the treatment.

And in recent weeks, the UT administration has also attempted to remove transgender health from its medical school curriculum.

In February, university officials asked instructors for a two-week elective course on transgender health. To remove all references to the words “transgender” or “gender dysphoria” from the syllabus and course description. According to emails reviewed by The Times. 

Then last week, following the governor’s order to investigate transgender medical care for teens as child abuse. The university decided to stop offering the medical school elective course altogether. According to two people who took part in the class. 

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