Texas is gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender after one of Greg Abbott’s Republican challengers said the content was “unpleasant” and inconsistent with “Texas values.” Removed web pages that provide resources to young people in Texas.
The removal took place shortly after candidate Don Haffins blamed the website. In the video What he shared on Twitter.
“They are promoting transgender sexual policies for young people in Texas,” Huffins said. “That’s really? Texas. These aren’t Texas values. These aren’t Republican values. But these are clearly Greg Abbott’s values.”
Patrick Crimmins, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said the page was removed from the ministry’s website “as part of a review” six weeks ago.
However, the decision to disable this page received broader attention this week. After the Houston Chronicle Officials reported on an internal combustion engine email indicating that they were worried about Mr. Haffins’ comments.
Haffins, a former senator from Dallas and owner of a real estate development company, announced in May that he would challenge Abbott in the Republican primary next March, promoting himself as a more conservative candidate. bottom. Mr. Abbott wants a third term.
“For your information. According to a copy of the email the agency provided to the New York Times, a division official, Marissa Gonzalez, wrote on the day Huffins posted the video.
Agency spokeswoman Gonzales said in an email that Huffins is referring to a web page for a program called Texas Youth Connection. This page provided online resources for state-care children and teens and had a section titled “Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation.”
“Note that you may need to delete the page or modify the content in some way,” Crimins wrote to a government official.
On September 1, the agency’s communications manager sent an email to webmasters explaining that the Texas Youth Connection (TYC) website was temporarily disabled for a comprehensive review of content. Sent.
“This is done to ensure that the information, resources, and referrals are up to date,” said the email.
Mr. Abbott’s office did not respond to the message asking for comment.
This page was deleted less than a month before parents of transgender children protested at the Texas Capitol in Austin. The state legislature has repeatedly passed legislation requiring transgender teens and child athletes to compete not by gender but by the gender assigned at birth. Identity.
“State agencies know that LGBTQ + children are overvalued by foster parents and that they are facing truly incredible discrimination and abuse,” said the Rights Group. Ricardo Martinez, CEO of Equality Texas, said in a statement. “The state is responsible for the lives of these children, but when they were at stake, it actively deprived them of resources.”
Martinez said the site was removed at the beginning of Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. He quoted statistics from the Trevor Project, which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. This shows that gay, transgender, and non-binary young people receiving foster care are much more likely to attempt suicide.
“Many times this year, we simply want these children’s lives not to be politicized,” he added.
Before being removed, the Texas Youth Connection page is an organization or hotline that can help LGBTQ youth who are depressed, bullied, or commit suicide, according to screenshots of the page provided by the agency. Provided contact information. The “Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation” section was three pages long and contained a photo of a smiling young man with a rainbow flag.
“The educational and support resources on this page power lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, sexual, ally, non-heterosexual (LGBTQIA +) youth, their peers and their families. We are dedicated to giving and helping to celebrate. ” “It is important to have support and resources to meet the needs of adolescents and young adults.”
On Thursday, the Department of Family Protection Services still had a link to a 2019 webinar discussing how inequality in the child welfare system affected LGBTQ youth and colored children disproportionately.