In December, advocates and allies spoke before the Department of Family and Protective Services for the fourth time since Gov. Greg Abbott issued an illegal directive directing the department to investigate parents who provide health care to transgender children. The chilling effect of the directive has driven some practitioners to stop providing health care to transgender young people.
Unfortunately, cutting off life-saving healthcare is nothing new to the LGBTQ+ community. As the AIDS crisis spread rapidly across the United States, absurd theories were advanced, stereotypes and stigma were pervasive, and the government was slow to respond with tragic consequences. To this day, Bexar County is still reeling from those missteps.