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Texas Supreme Court Allows Child Abuse Investigations Into Families of Transgender Teens to Continue

The high court also raised questions about why the state opened these investigations in the first place, noting that the child welfare agency is not bound by directives from the governor.

Jey Austen listens to the testimony of an anonymous transgender child during the Trans Kids Cry for HELP! rally on March 13, 2022, against Gov. Greg Abbott’s directive to investigate parents who provide gender-affirming care to their kids (photo by Lauren Witte/The Texas Tribune)

By Eleanor Klibanoff

For LGBTQ mental health support, call the Trevor Project’s 24/7 toll-free support line at 866-488-7386. You can also reach a trained crisis counselor through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 800-273-8255 or texting 741741.

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