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PHOTOS: Texans rally against governor order investigating parents of trans youth

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Several hundred Texans from near and far gathered at the front of the Texas Capitol on Tuesday afternoon to protest against the governor's latest directive to state health agencies to investigate gender-affirming care to transgender youth as child abuse.


Gov. Greg Abbott's order last week follows an opinion from Attorney General Ken Paxton that gender-affirming care, such as puberty-suppressing drugs or other treatments, is child abuse under Texas law. The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal went to state court on Tuesday as an employee of the Department of Family and Protective Services—the agency doing the investigations—is among the first to be investigated for being a parent of a transgender child.

The rally comes on the day of the primary elections in Texas, in which both Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton are up for reelection.

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