In December, advocates and allies spoke before the Department of Family and Protective Services for the fourth time since an illegal directive from Gov. Greg Abbott directed the department to investigate parents who provide health care to their trans children. The chilling effect of this directive led some practitioners to stop providing health care to trans youth.
Unfortunately, cutting off access to life-saving healthcare is nothing new for the LGBTQ+ community. When the AIDS crisis was raging in the US, wild theories arose, stereotypes and stigmas were widespread, and the weak government response had tragic consequences. To this day, Bexar County is still plagued by the remnants of those missteps.
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