Texas’ Anti-Trans Investigations Caused an Uproar Among State Employees
This year alone, about 2,300 workers have left the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
New documents have revealed adverse reactions from Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) staff to Governor Greg Abbott’s relentless attacks on trans youth within the state.
Documents obtained by Texas ABC affiliate WFAA show a heated internal staff reaction following Gov. Abbott’s February order for the state agency to investigate trans health providers and the families of trans kids who help youth transition medically in any way. Abbott’s directive was the result of a legal opinion issued by Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, which claimed that gender-affirming health care is child abuse.
In an email dated February 24, one employee wrote to another staffer, “I have told my boss I will resign before I (report) on a family whose child is transitioning.” In another notable email to a supervisor, an employee wrote that the order was “Effing bull poop.” Abbott’s directive was announced just two days prior.
“I know there are lots of feelings around this and more questions than answers right now,” wrote one DFPS manager in an email to staff. “This email is not the platform for opinions or discussion on this topic.”
Around 2,300 workers have left their positions at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services this year, according to a report earlier this month in the Houston Chronicle. However, not everyone left because of Abbott’s directive; the Chronicle reported that abusive orders from higher-ups, untenable workloads, and other factors contributed to employee resignations. Of course, these departures also took place among the ongoing Great Resignation of American workers.
As of today, eight of the 11 investigations related to Abbott’s trans youth directive have been closed, according to WFAA. Thankfully, according to DFPS, none have resulted in the removal of a child.
Since Abbott issued his directive, it has been subject to several legal challenges. The investigations were temporarily halted by a court injunction in March, but they resumed in May. A new legal challenge came courtesy of the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal in June. The suit has yet to be decided.
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