Raising Transgender Kids is Child Abuse…in Texas

Texas governor Greg Abbott. Photo credit: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Texas officials have begun investigating parents of transgender adolescents for possible child abuse. According to the New York Times, parents who provide their transgender teenagers with puberty-suppressing drugs or other medically accepted treatments — which doctors describe as gender-affirming care — could be investigated for child abuse.

A directive from Texas’ Governor Abbott requires state agencies to investigate reports of transgender youth receiving gender-affirming care as child abuse. And it’s not only the parents of transgender teens who are at risk. Abbott warned that educators, medical professionals, and others who don’t report alleged abuse could face consequences. Seriously?

The decision to redefine all treatment for minors experiencing gender dysphoria as “abuse” contradicts the advice of the largest and most established state and national medical groups, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. These groups all support providing age appropriate, individualized care for children experiencing gender dysphoria.

What Texas is doing is targeting transgender youth, their parents, and their health care providers for political gain. Is this what America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, has come to? Apparently so, at least in Texas.

66 thoughts on “Raising Transgender Kids is Child Abuse…in Texas

  1. msjadeli March 1, 2022 / 3:55 pm

    I can see the courts getting clogged with lawsuits sprouting from this one. It isn’t bad enough that you have to fight insurance companies for health care, now you have to fight governments gone wild for limiting health care?

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  2. XingfuMama March 1, 2022 / 6:47 pm

    Greg Abbott in one’s life is human abuse. Hopefully Texans will recognize that and get Beto at the next opportunity.

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  3. Lauren March 1, 2022 / 9:27 pm

    All sense of justice and common sense is gone in Texas.

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    • ladysighs March 2, 2022 / 2:42 am

      I must protest! But it sure seems that way when I read my small town Texas newspaper.
      I don’t enjoy neighborhood chatter anymore as it always leads to something stupid. 😦

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      • Lauren March 2, 2022 / 7:23 am

        No aspersions intended for the intelligent people, just the foolish leaders.

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  4. Mister Bump UK March 1, 2022 / 10:33 pm

    This just seems like a story designed to inflame you.

    it’s s absolutely correct that the authorities investigate *any* suspected child abuse.

    Where there would be a story is if the investigation was happening *because* the child is trans. That is implied by the reporter, but is there any evidence for it?

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    • Fandango March 1, 2022 / 10:36 pm

      Apparently the treatments are performed because the child is suffering from gender dysphoria.

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      • Mister Bump UK March 1, 2022 / 10:46 pm

        It is reported as such. I wonder whether it is true, or whether the writer is someone with an agenda? The only way we would really know is to look at how many cases they are investigating, and judge for ourselves whether that number is proportionate.

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        • Fandango March 1, 2022 / 11:00 pm

          This was reported by many different newspapers, not just the New York Times, so I think it’s more than an agenda from one reporter. Google “transgender parents are child abusers in Texas.”

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          • Mister Bump UK March 2, 2022 / 12:37 am

            The story could have been reproduced by anybody with an agenda.

            Like I say, the story will be when the newspapers discover that Texas is investigating 10x as many trans kids as other states. You could probably find the number of investigations by foi, but how many of those are trans kids is probably unknown. But my hunch in this case is that the reporter did no such research, just wrote his article to imply that the Texas people are Nazis.

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            • Fandango March 2, 2022 / 7:31 am

              That’s an interesting take. Texas is the same state where last year the Republican legislature in passed a bill, and the Republican governor signed into law, a measure that prohibits abortions in Texas as early as six weeks — before most women even know they are pregnant — and opens the door for almost any private citizen anywhere in the country to sue abortion providers and others who may assist a woman in any way to obtain an abortion in Texas. And this includes abortions even in cases where the pregnancy is the result of incest or rape. And the there’s this: https://fivedotoh.com/2021/10/15/texas-wtf/

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            • Mister Bump UK March 2, 2022 / 7:49 am

              Any woman with enough funds – and half a brain -could dance around that. But you’ve moved away from the topic of the authorities investigating a disproportionate number of parents of trans kids.

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            • Fandango March 2, 2022 / 8:23 am

              I don’t know how many investigations have been opened up, but the governor’s directive to the applicable state agencies is to investigate ANY reported cases of “gender-affirming care” (even therapy) as potential child abuse.

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            • Fandango March 2, 2022 / 8:25 am

              So rich and smart women are okay, it poor women, well, too bad, so sad. Is that what you’re suggesting?

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            • Mister Bump UK March 2, 2022 / 8:30 am

              Yes, absolutely. They are attacking poverty, not protecting life.

              A single dfw – nyc costs $50. So there’s $100. Plus whatever the clinic costs. Few hundred dollare, maybe? Anybody who can afford that is home free. Anybody who can’t… tough. This is 100% about poverty.

              Of course, Texas voters might wish to ask whether politicians drawing up legislation to prohibit something that they can’t control is a good use of public money, but by the sounds of things, Texas is a bit brain-dead. Bet you’re glad you got out!

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            • Fandango March 2, 2022 / 10:55 am

              I most definitely glad I don’t live there anymore.

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            • Mister Bump UK March 2, 2022 / 8:43 am

              What the ban does do is prevent somebody talking about it.

              I’d argue that for somebody doubting whether to have a baby, that lack of counseling is probably more likely to run off and have an abortion, than it is to make them keep the baby.

              So I think that if someone was really coming at this from a pro-life standpioint, they shot themselves in the foot.

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  5. emkingston March 1, 2022 / 11:44 pm

    ACLU is getting involved. I have it on my agenda to get involved in outreach projects. I got an email about it last week, so there will be plenty of blowback for their ignorance. Abbott makes my skin crawl just as much as #45. That mindset…I wish we could put all of them on their own island…like pedo Jeff’s.

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  6. Nope, Not Pam March 2, 2022 / 1:51 am

    Seriously? Let’s tell the kids it wrong and then wonder why self harm/ suicides increase. 😡

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  7. Maryanne March 2, 2022 / 4:09 am

    This is so scary and cult-like. I hope the parents can all relocate.

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  8. parikhit March 2, 2022 / 6:16 am

    America doesn’t seem like the new world that it used to be! Sigh, what is really happening there.

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  9. VJ March 2, 2022 / 6:27 am

    As a child of the 50’s with a father who self-identified as female, I know firsthand the torture of denying trans people. This movement, returning to us to those unforgiving times, needs to be stopped.

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  10. Marleen March 2, 2022 / 10:30 am

    My point of view on this topic is maybe halfway down in these comments. I think the biology someone is born with and naturally develops into should almost never be messed with. There are exceptions. I do NOT believe the exceptions should be that a doctor/medical professionals or social workers or a parent is/are uncomfortable or outraged that their child was born inter-sexed (which tampering with said ambiguity would likely lead to further confusions and heartache and, perhaps, more surgery or other attempts at intervention).

    https://fivedotoh.com/2021/03/03/fandangos-provocative-question-111/#comments

    While the topic itself is complex already, dealing with it legally requires extensive knowledge and understanding. Simply being of a “belief” that there are only two sexes, end of story, involves a lot of ignorance (there are, actually as I see it, only two sexes but, then, ALSO a spectrum). It’s understandable that we are ignorant in that we don’t go around looking under everyone’s clothing, didn’t see them at birth, and don’t have x-ray and other equipment. Anyway, the situation is rare.

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  11. Marleen March 2, 2022 / 2:54 pm

    From the opening post (on the reporting), today: A directive from Texas’ Governor Abbott requires state agencies to investigate reports of transgender youth receiving gender-affirming care as child abuse. And it’s not only the parents of transgender teens who are at risk. Abbott warned that educators, medical professionals, and others who don’t report alleged abuse could face consequences.

    Is the emphasis only on the parents?

    If the parents are obtaining “gender affirming care” from professionals for their teens, the professionals delivering are at least as culpable (not just for reporting or not reporting but for delivering and possibly promoting and creating a buzz). [And is there going to be a crackdown on deforming babies in precarious circumstances in this regard? I think this is more important and easier to address.] And is the implication that there is a higher incidence of abuse when a baby/child/teen is trans/interex/asexual than is the case for those who are none of these — possibly abused in other ways more than specifically in the “care” or only in the reality (being not binary or being not what was assigned) itself? I wonder if part of the outcome will be that parents are basically forced (seriously pressured) to get professional care (in other words are told to assume this is pathological rather than ever natural) instead of letting their kids be.

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  12. Lolsy's Library March 2, 2022 / 8:55 pm

    The only good thing is the people of Texas are fighting back. I don’t think they expected it to happen, let alone happen so soon! Some in Texas, and in a position to do so are already suing Abbott. The first day they went after staff whose job it is is to investigate child abuse in the first place!

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    • Marleen March 2, 2022 / 9:54 pm

      As usual, “conservatives” want government to stay out of their or families’ affairs… until they wanna be in people’s affairs. And we’re not supposed to notice.

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  13. J.M. Smith April 6, 2022 / 1:32 pm

    It’s telling that you would use the term ‘political gain’ in this instance. The only way to conjure political gain is to pass legislation that people in your state or abroad agree with. This is the backbone of the United States’ republic. Texans come from a conservative, traditionalist culture that generally accepts the idea of two genders-assigned at birth. This is not a radical view, it’s a view that has been established through thousands of years of belief and cultural norms. We aren’t talking about a state with a neo-liberal view that assimilates mindset and sexual preference as a means of determining gender. Such a view on the issue makes gender an extremely vague concept, yet one that empowers children (sometimes against parents’ will) to permanently alter their bodies. If children can’t consent to sexual activities, why would they be able to consent to sex-change hormones that will prevent them from going through puberty? Puberty is not a choice, and the research behind puberty blockers is very new and rather shady.

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    • Marleen April 6, 2022 / 3:22 pm

      While political gain and financial gain aren’t (in terms of vocabulary) evil to the core, they can both be anywhere from marginally to extremely corrupt. “Conjure” is a very interesting word.

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    • Marleen April 6, 2022 / 3:50 pm

      “… research behind puberty blockers is very new and rather shady.”

      This is so. The related surgery (especially for young people who have gone through puberty blocking) is also extremely new as well as shady. Some surgical providers appear to mean well, some are significantly capable (to at least do as little harm as possible or mitigate), and some surgical providers are anywhere from creepy and callous to dishonest to less-than-prepared for what they’re doing. (How to handle surgery is more straight-forward for adults who haven’t used blockers during puberty.)

      I’m watching a show that I consider to be a great gift to our understanding. I was outraged to see a team of surgeons send their patient out of the hospital after only about a day and a half to be cared for by her mother in a nearby hotel; in America! It might betray some kind of bias, on my part, but my verbal characterization of what it seemed like to me was “third world” — how asinine to not observe the experimental minor around the clock until everything is on a smooth path! And there were complications.

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      • Marleen April 6, 2022 / 4:41 pm

        What I quoted would need to be edited to “relatively” (compared to thousands of years) instead of “very” to be cogently correct. Besides that, I would suggest the idea be considered in the context of planning on surgery… where the field has not brought together a clear understanding with a reliable track record.

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    • Marleen April 6, 2022 / 4:02 pm

      “This is the backbone of the United States’ republic. Texans come from a conservative, traditionalist culture that generally accepts the idea of two genders-assigned at birth.”

      The roots of this industry come from conservatism, in the conviction there can only be two genders for birth certificates (a stance I think every state still holds in the most practical sense of what you can enter for the computer record). It’s a fact that some people are born with mixed presentation (not something about the baby’s mind); it’s been a fact for thousands of years. Mid-twentieth century, doctors thought they were clever enough to fix this soon after birth by deciding — in their own minds and not that of the child’s — which way to pick.

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      • Marleen April 6, 2022 / 4:33 pm

        I’d say the blockers in puberty and/or after are a little less shady — and more than a little particularly now when an individual can give input rather only be the subject of a doctor or culture — less so than are doctors altering baby’s bodies (surgically, which is what I’m referring to as to supposedly fixing). Also, the blockers themselves are less perplexing than is trying to approach surgery once the blocking has done it’s work. Blockers have additionally been used long before these “neoliberal” days at hand.

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    • Marleen April 6, 2022 / 5:05 pm

      Reporting (thus investigating even if decided after all to be unfounded) could be based on any kind of grudge, any sense of annoyance, any kind of ignorance, any kind of disagreement with anything at all (unrelated) or with approach specifically (as things are so newish or experimental and individual), and so on. Children don’t need to be harassed and don’t generally need their parents to be.

      From the opening post: Texas officials have begun investigating parents of transgender adolescents for possible child abuse. According to the New York Times, parents who provide their transgender teenagers with puberty-suppressing drugs or other medically accepted treatments — which doctors describe as gender-affirming care — could be investigated for child abuse.

      A directive from Texas’ Governor Abbott requires state agencies to investigate reports of transgender youth receiving gender-affirming care as child abuse. And it’s not only the parents of transgender teens who are at risk. Abbott warned that educators, medical professionals, and others who don’t report alleged abuse could face consequences.

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    • Fandango April 6, 2022 / 5:34 pm

      “Political gain” is a style of aiming to increase one’s political influence at any price, or a political style that involves seizing every and any opportunity to extend political influence, whenever such opportunities arise. Such political gain may often be at the expresse of the will of the voters. Especially in a state like Texas, where there is a strong, cohesive Republican Party that often doesn’t act in the best interests of its constituents and use much of their political power to limit the voting rights of the other party. If you carefully read my post, my beef is with criminalizing the manner in which parents choose to raise their children. Republicans celebrate parental rights when it comes to what subject matter can be taught in public schools and what books should be banned from school libraries. But when it comes to women’s reproductive rights, or dealing with issues of parents’ own children’s sexual orientation, Texas lawmakers choose to make such actions criminal.

      I find it highly hypocritical how Republicans/conservatives are eager to insert themselves into the personal lives of their constituents when it suits their political agenda, but scream bloody murder and pass restrictive legislation when it doesn’t.

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    • Marleen April 8, 2022 / 9:12 pm

      https://tyt.com/watch/6e6Xst82zYACGGyweSOkMg/5DN8rMdhHlWImZEAWCB9Pq/clips/6YtfxvsNHZ9gGYlGmY8IW1

      A former Republican National Committee member has been sentenced [on Thursday] to prison for 12 years for receiving and sharing child p*rn*graphy. The former senior ad designer, Ruben Verastigui [originally from Texas], was in possession of 162 videos and over 50 images of child p*rn*graphy on his phone at the time of his arrest and was also a member of an online group that traded and discussed child p*rn*graphy and sexual abuse.

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      • Marleen April 9, 2022 / 4:07 pm

        I actually saw a brief clip (not a clip, I think, live at the time) of this young man speaking to a large partisan crowd — included in this footage — in the news back when this person was still considered upstanding. It has already bothered me [a lot] when Republicans (or Q-Anon or anyone else) make false accusations of others in this regard. But, now, it has been making me nauseous whenever I see people pointing in the wrong direction and away from perps or themselves, including when I see/hear stupid stories (politically-motivated circus acts) I’ve already seen. This whole thing within the current public climate is very alarming to me.

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  14. Marleen April 8, 2022 / 10:07 pm

    https://rantt.com/8-reasons-gop-administrations-are-more-corrupt-than-democrats

    From the article: “A study in The American Journal of Political Science on narcissism ….. Conservatives, according to the study, express it as a higher sense of entitlement. Liberals were more oriented to display, wanting their viewpoint recognized. As entitlement is part of our argument for why there is more corruption in Republican administrations, this further makes the case – and I cop to a … need to make a great case, and be recognized for it.

    “Adding to the point are studies confirming that richer people (proportionally, not all) behave with more signs of entitlement, such as: not stopping for pedestrians at a crosswalk; contributing a smaller portion of their income than poor or moderate-income people to charity; more fiercely opposing government investment in social needs. It was also found that even being primed to feel rich [leads] to feeling more entitled.”

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    • Marleen April 23, 2022 / 12:50 pm

      I heard a funny joke, yesterday:

      Why did the narcissistic parent cross the road?

      Because they thought it was your boundaries.

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      • Marleen April 30, 2022 / 1:57 am

        I just last evening got the joke, I think as intended, about the chicken crossing the road (upon which the above joke is obviously based). I always thought it was such a boring joke. Why did people tell it, I wondered. How is it considered a joke even? With the new joke, I thought, there’s now a punchline: that there’s no purpose whatsoever except to infringe on you. (You might have to have [or have had] a narcissistic parent and to have been flummoxed a long time to laugh at this in order to let off some sadness.)

        Part of what’s funny, and a relief, about the new joke is that there is any punchline at all to this old pointless thing (except that the old thing said sometimes something or a behavior or spoken word is just straight-forward… sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, whilst the naive of us never knew the cigar was ever otherwise). I’d like to know what percentage of people think there is no punchline in the original joke. I really would.

        I’d still wonder why people tell it. I believe it finally got through because of two things in a single day. For one, I was retelling the narcissist joke. And then there was reporting in news that I watch that news anchors in Russia had laughed that if Putin (crosses the line and) decides to use nukes… at least we’ll [or the Russians would] go to heaven. I wrinkled my face and thought, “What’s so funny about that [notwithstanding the Russian as superior point of reference]?”

        And then I became aware the joke I was telling could be taken in a much darker way than I had been thinking. There might be someone reading who doesn’t see why it’s dark based on the template joke. Probably not; more likely that I’m the last to get it. In case I’m not last, I’ll explain: noone around me, in my upbringing, used the euphemism “other side” for heaven or passing… dying and ending up in heaven or hell. I don’t even get why it’d be funny for the chicken to get hit.

        And now I have more to the story (it’s a story now), as I thought while typing. Putin — the chicken or the narcissistic parent or chicken parent — choosing to cross would be while taking the children with him. Or those newscasters don’t see themselves as separate from their dear leader [be the putin] or, yet, they are salving their fear with gallows humor or… probably, aiming at keeping their public docile (or all of the above). A narcissist is that dark in the end.

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  15. Marleen April 11, 2022 / 6:33 pm

    This begins with the governor on a radio show, telling the host that his own wish as a Republican wouldn’t have passed in the Republican-dominated Texas legislature. It ends noting that other actually abused children are hurt when work time of the limited resources is diverted.

    https://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/chris-hayes-gov-abbott-s-anti-trans-order-is-child-abuse-137524805976

    In Texas, Governor Gregg Abbott has found it helps him politically to be cruel to transgender children—to deny their very existence. And his recent order is already hurting these children, their families, and care providers. April 11, 2022

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  16. Marleen May 19, 2022 / 6:49 pm

    Cops [in Tennessee] Force Transgender Teen Into Foster Care …

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    • Marleen May 19, 2022 / 8:20 pm

      Oh, and it’s woke and worse to be a woman too. Honestly,
      you just “can’t win” with these jackasses.

      Crybaby Jordan Peterson Gives His Unsolicited Thoughts About Female Beauty

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