Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has launched a shameful attack on transgender youth across the state and the nation. Paxton filed a federal lawsuit with government officials in 10 other states, aiming to block federal non-discrimination protections for transgender people. In the suit, Paxton is seeking to undo crucial and historic non-discrimination advancements the federal government has implemented for transgender people in recent years. National organizations representing almost 5 million educators, pediatricians, counselors and other child welfare providers have urged government officials like Paxton to stop their political attacks on transgender youth. These organizations include the American Federation of Teachers, the American Academy of Pediatrics; the American Counseling Association; the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Education Association.
On July 6, Paxton doubled down and filed a motion in federal court on behalf of 13 states seeking an injunction blocking President Obama's historic guidance to ensure the equal treatment of transgender students in public and federally-funded schools.
Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBTQ equality in Texas alongside state and local groups and lawmakers. For more than 30 years, HRC has played a pivotal role in advancing LGBTQ equality in the Lone Star State. Learn more about HRC's work by clicking here.
The existing patchwork of legal protections for LGBTQ people in the United States leaves millions subject to uncertainty and potential discrimination. That’s why the Human Rights Campaign is working with lawmakers and advocates to pass the Equality Act in Congress, as well as strong non-discrimination protections at the state and local levels.
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