As Texas Targets Trans Youth, a Family Leaves in Search of a Better Future

7/15/2022 6:03:00 PM

As state governments restrict trans rights, families of trans children face the painful decision of whether to stay or move away from their home states.

Today's Daily Spotlight: As state governments restrict trans rights, families of trans children face the painful decision of whether to stay or move away from their home states. 📝 Madeleine Carlisle (maddiecarlisle2)

As state governments restrict trans rights, families of trans children face the painful decision of whether to stay or move away from their home states.

published in the Journal of Adolescent Health on Dec.lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas on Thursday argued that federal law does not confer a right to an abortion.15 July 2022, 06:56 | Updated: 15 July 2022, 07:16 Tony Garnett with Sofiia Karkadym.2.

14, led by researchers at the LGBTQ suicide prevention nonprofit The Trevor Project, found that the use of gender-affirming hormone therapy was associated with nearly 40% lower odds of recent depression and attempting suicide in the past year among transgender and nonbinary youth from ages 13 to 17.A study published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One on Jan.‘President Biden is flagrantly disregarding the legislative and democratic process – and flouting the Supreme Court’s ruling before the ink is dry – by having his appointed bureaucrats mandate that hospitals and emergency medicine physicians must perform abortions,’ states the lawsuit.12 found that access to gender-affirming hormones in adolescence was associated with better mental health outcomes for trans adults, based on data from the 2015 U..S.‘Biden is attempting to twist federal law to force abortions in (Texas),’ wrote Paxton.Transgender Survey by the National Center for Transgender Equality, which surveyed over 27,000 trans adults in the U.‘We always knew she was a little different, when she was little as she was always friends with girls and played with Frozen toys.

S.Biden’s HHS (Department of Health and Human Services) is attempting to undo all that.It comes as Mr Garnett today released a rap song to "get the truth across" about his relationship with Ms Karkadym after he was slapped with a restraining order by his former partner Lorna, 28.In 2021, GOP lawmakers in Texas and 20 other states introduced laws designed to ban doctors from providing gender-affirming medical care to minors.Arkansas enacted the first of such laws that April; the next year, at least 15 other states introduced a total of 25 bills that would restrict access to gender-affirming care for youth, per KFF.I just filed suit.In April of this year, Alabama enacted the most extreme anti-trans bill yet, making providing young people with gender-affirming care a felony." "I live life to the fullest.In February, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a legal opinion stating that gender-affirming care constitutes child abuse, which the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly condemned.’ Biden is attempting to twist federal law to force abortions in TX.Mum Nikki wasn’t sure what to do when her daughter first came out (Picture: Sydney Mugford / Caters News) ‘Neither of us knew what the right thing to do was so we showed Ella books of trans people because she didn’t have the words to say it.

Abbott’s directive came a week later, which the Biden Administration put “children’s lives at risk.” LGBTQ advocates argued the move was political, pointing out that it came shortly before the state’s Republican primary, where both Paxton and Abbott faced challengers.TX law protects pre-born life.Another says: "Should I have stayed there just to be with my kids? No thank you, not today.(Both incumbents ultimately prevailed.) Paxton’s and Abbott’s offices did not respond to requests for comment on this story.Not on my watch.For Chris and Karen, the directive altered their risk assessment for raising their trans daughter in Texas.When I’m seeing these videos, I’m in tears and I feel sad.‘We arranged a consultation with a psychologist from our local child mental health centre Reach Out Centre for Kids and they ensured we were doing the right thing.

The night after Jessie asked whether she was going to die, they sat in their kitchen talking in circles.I’ll ensure the left’s abortion agenda can’t reach TX babies.Was it safe to stay here? Could they pick up and start over somewhere else? Could they afford it financially? How would they have health insurance? They sent the kids upstairs so they wouldn’t listen, but of course they eavesdropped.Eventually Jessie came back downstairs and handed her mom a card she’d drawn.Mr Garnett has also been told not to go within 100 metres of the home they lived in with their two children in Bradford and been barred from phoning, texting or emailing Ms Garnett as well as contacting her on social media.“ Super mom!” the card read, with a drawing of Karen in a superhero cape.“ We can fight this together.She’s now able to explore her gender identity in a space that feels safe and welcoming.

” “It should not be something she has to fight,” Karen says, her voice catching.Mr Garnett has now claimed he knew Sofiia for four months before the pair became a couple.That night, she and Chris decided they would go.Karen and Jessie rest in their new home in Portland on June 20, 2022.Ricardo Nagaoka for TIME They picked Portland because they had some friends there and knew the state had strong nondiscrimination laws and policies for LGBTQ people.He said he wrote the track "in an hour" and "could have gone on for pages and pages" but limited himself to "the key things that I think people need to understand.Chris arranged with his architecture firm that he would continue his work remotely from Oregon.‘ gave her the most supporting and loving reaction as expected when she came out.

The family staged and sold their house.They spent three tense months waiting for the move date to arrive."I don’t like gangsta rap, I like explaining a story and getting a passionate story across", he said, adding: "Most artists are really bad and most songs are auto-tuned.The kids went to school each day with a piece of paper saying they did not consent to be interviewed, told to hand it to any child protective services agent who might approach them.‘Our rights shouldn’t depend on our zip code’ When Paxton’s office issued the February opinion stating that gender-affirming care constitutes child abuse, it conflated puberty blockers and hormone therapy with surgical procedures—which major medical associations say are rarely performed on minors—and said the opinion addressed the mixing of medicine and “misguided ideology.” Days later, Abbott called on “licensed professionals” and “members of the general public” to report the parents of trans youth to family protective services if it appears their children had received gender-affirming care." She added she believed the couple's relationship was in jeopardy before she arrived in the UK, and said nothing happened until they left their home.

Texas’ Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) never opened an investigation into Jessie’s family.But DFPS confirmed to TIME that investigations were opened into at least eleven families starting in late February.(Some of those investigations are currently paused while litigation plays out.He told Metro: "People are painting her as a villain who has come to the UK and stolen a British man.) The Briggles—Amber, Adam, and their 14-year-old trans son and his sibling—are one of those families.(DFPS told them their investigation has since been closed.

) Amber says they’ve considered moving out of Texas, but it would be extremely difficult for them."It wasn't as if we had met each other and decided then and there to move out.She’s a small business owner and Adam is a tenured college professor—if they left, they’d lose their jobs and health insurance.She also worries about pulling her kids out of the crucial social and emotional developmental years of high school and middle school.“We shouldn’t have to leave,” Amber says."He's broken the court order already by releasing this and I've contacted my solicitor and the police as a result.“Our rights shouldn’t depend on our zip code.

” Cardelia Howell-Diamond, a minister in Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Alabama, who has three sons, two of whom are trans, feels similarly.They’ve built a support network in their home state.“The thought of having to recreate that somewhere else is terrifying,” she says.Jessie and her brother Lucas hang in a tree near their new home.Ricardo Nagaoka for TIME Heather, who is withholding her last name for fear of harassment of her children, says she respects families who want to stay and fight, but she thinks she needs to leave Alabama with her 15-year-old trans son Robert.

“The atmosphere here is already tense,” she says.“Could you imagine what it will be like closer to the election?” They’re planning to move to Illinois, and have turned to GoFundMe to ease the financial burden.Kimberly Shappley, , says she decided to leave Texas in May when a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion signaled the high court was poised to overturn 1973’s landmark abortion decision Roe v.Wade.While her daughter’s rights might be under attack in Texas, she’d figured they’d be upheld if litigation reached the Supreme Court.

Now, she’s unsure.A registered nurse, she’s looking at states where she can keep her license that are also friendly to trans kids.She’d been planning on New Hampshire, until she saw a state lawmaker had introduced its own bill in March that would classify gender-affirming care as child abuse.This isn’t even the first time Shappley has moved for her daughter; she and her family moved from Pearland, Texas, to Austin in 2018 after her daughter’s previous school refused to let her use the girl’s bathroom.They thought the city’s progressive reputation would help protect them.

“But the city of Austin isn’t going to be able to save us,” Shappley says.“I just don’t see Texas being better for trans kids anytime soon.” Jessie and Lucas together in their new home.Ricardo Nagaoka for TIME Families with trans kids who’ve already left their state don’t know when they’ll be able to go back.Emily and George Spurrier used GoFundMe in April 2021 to help them quickly move to New Mexico from Arkansas after the state enacted its gender-affirming care ban.

Their 17-year-old trans son was already receiving gender-affirming medical care, and they worried abruptly stopping his treatment could be devastating.Camille Rey and her three kids, one of whom is trans, moved from Texas to Maryland in 2021 after the first gender-affirming care ban was introduced in the state legislature.Mike Taylor moved from Texas to Hawaii with his 10-year-old twins, one of whom is trans, in early 2020 when the first wave of anti-trans bills began to crash.“My heart’s in Texas,” says Taylor, who has continued his job as a South Texas radio host remotely.“I would love to go home at some point for good… I feel I was forced to [become an] expat from my own state, and that’s heartbreaking.

” ‘It made me feel safer’ When Karen’s family reached Oregon in early June, they all felt some sense of relief.They blasted “Edge of Town” by Middle Kids as they crossed the state line after five days of driving.“It made me feel safer, but also sad,” Jessie says about the move.Emotions may be mixed, but both kids are focusing on the positives: Jessie says she loves how beautiful Oregon is.Her brother Lucas can’t wait for a cold winter.

Karen’s family has found a haven, but the battle over the rights of trans youth is far from over, in the political arena or the legal one.More bans on gender-affirming care could be on the horizon as rightwing candidates leverage the topic to rally their base.The conservative advocacy group American Principles Project says it has raised up to $9,000,000 for a midterm ad campaign this fall that will criticize gender-affirming care for minors, along with other issues impacting trans children.Karen and her kids play with balloons at Portland’s Pride festival on June 19, 2022.Ricardo Nagaoka for TIME Alabama and Arkansas’ gender-affirming care bans are currently blocked and tied up in litigation, but the issue is not settled.

In a brief filed June 27, Alabama’s Attorney General the Supreme Court’s recent overturn of Roe v.Wade in defense of its felony ban, arguing that gender-affirming care is not “deeply rooted in our history or traditions”—as Justice Samuel Alito wrote about the right to an abortion—so the state has the legal authority to ban it.In Florida, where teaching about LGBTQ issues in primary school is now banned, The Department of Health issued guidance in April advising against any gender-affirming care for young people, even social transition like changing one’s name or pronouns, and has proposed a rule change that would ban Medicaid from covering gender-affirming care for people of any age.In response to the wave of anti-trans policies, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on June 15 directing the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services to “work with states to promote expanded access to gender-affirming care,” which could tee up even more litigation in the future.In the meantime, Karen’s family is settling into their new home, free for now from the burden of battling their state government.They’re in the process of unpacking, slowly unwrapping pieces of their old life.In the basement is a stack of what still needs to be hung on the bare walls: Karen and Chris’ wedding portraits, a Kurt Vonnegut poster, drawings by the kids, and Jessie’s blue, pink, and white poster that says “Trans Girls Are Girls.” On June 19, the family went to Portland’s Pride festival on the waterfront in their first outing together in the new city.

They held hands, squelching through the mud after a downpour, and weaved through the rainbow-clad crowd.They approached the booth of the TransActive Gender Project, which works to support trans youth in Oregon, and Karen introduced Jessie, sharing that they’d just moved from Texas.“Welcome,” the staff member said, addressing Jessie.“We’re so glad you’re here.” Karen, Chris and their kids attend Portland’s Pride festival, as they settle into their new home town.

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Trans children? This is really good what Texas us doing I support them They want to transition that kid and don’t want to be called groomers when he grows up and realizes he’s medically fucked. Let’s kids be kids and play around in whatever they want but Jesus Christ stay away from their hormones and genitals.

Hypocrites. They some laws are to give parents the right to make decisions about school, but not things like the transgender issues. They need to stay out of personal issues. Odds are it wasn't the children's idea..... The U.S. Sex reassignment Surgery Market size in 2020 valued at USD 304.8 million, is forecasted to grow to USD 781.8 million by 2027. Though trans population is 1%, it seems to be v. high for kids at 1.4%. Kids are too young to make serious decisions.

Texas is not targeting the trans children. They’re protecting children’s health. Taking pubic blockers and other transgender drugs is dangerous for young children, they stunt natural growth and leads to other health issues as they get older especially bone issues There should NOT be any discrimination againt Trans. And yet, kids questioning gender at ages 4, 6, 10 is surprising; Independent Counsellers/ Psychol (not affiliated to Hospitals) shd counsel kids, before gender affirming action is taken.

Leave the kids alone groomers! The disturbed adults of the world are causing more emotional damage than good for children's lives.

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'Some 1.4% of U.S. youth age 13-17, or around 300,000 teens, are trans' looks like a very huge overestimation. Keep saying trans kids, Time. You stopped saying trans kids. Why did you stop saying trans kids? Maybe normal people questioned it when you said trans kids? Because maybe kids can't consent? This is what Christo-fascism looks like. Absolutely no is safe from this state sponsored hate, intimidation and harassment

'..policies that limit whether trans youth can play sports, use a bathroom aligned with their gender identity, study LGBTQ issues in school, or access medical care to affirm their gender.. ' They don't want schools impressing young minds. Don't sow doubts into our kids. Since when is asking girls to compete with girls and boys to compete with boys controversial? You can't change your sex. Sports are divided by biological sex not a 'gender identity' that people can change whenever they want.

This is like a bad science fiction movie Not sure if I remember the articles of the many, many, many families that had to make the “painful decision” of needing to move away from their home states due to COVID school closures, restrictions and mandates. I’m sure you had them though… 🙄 Two things are true at the same time: People should be able to live their lives free of harassment. And penises do not belong in the girl’s room. Maybe some day we will find a way to make that work.

maddiecarlisle2 This is so awful. We are all humans and we are who we are. This is no one’s damn business to Dicktate who we are suppose to be in their twisted mind! maddiecarlisle2 It is not a right to force people to accept you. You can have our respect, but people will not be forced to change the English language and affirm falsehoods, men are men and women are women, identity has nothing to do with it. identifying as something doesn't make you that thing

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maddiecarlisle2 Oh, gee. Just like many families had to do when faced with the prospect of losing their jobs over forced vaccination. But, remember, mybodymychoice. Not one ounce of empathy. You reap what you sow. maddiecarlisle2 maddiecarlisle2 This new GOP party doesn't understand the concept of separation of Church and State. This country was based on freedom of religion, forcing their beliefs is a violation of the constitution- 1 of many. Stop trying force people to believe what you do. Democracy look it up!

maddiecarlisle2 Disgusting! No one should have rights for prejudice maddiecarlisle2 Mental health issues are real. maddiecarlisle2 Look between your legs to find out what gender you are, and act accordingly! maddiecarlisle2 Freedom_for_Radwan_Foufa Freedom_for_Sharief_Mohammad_Ali Freedom_for_Khair_Aldeen_Ahman Where_is_the_Human_Rights_in_Algeria Interview with Radwan_Foufa's Family : For Contact :

maddiecarlisle2 a LGBT state can make it easier ! maddiecarlisle2 A ten year old cannot be transgender. This is an abusive parent. maddiecarlisle2 Thats the plan. Make it so anyone that is not a bible thumping freak leave so they can stay in power. Religion is a disease.

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