A Texas state agency has removed a website that lists suicidal hotlines and resources for LGBTQ youth following a right-wing Republican government led by Greg Abbott. He was accused of spreading “transgender ideology”.
Don Huffins, a former state senator who plans to run against Abbott in the 2022 Republican primary. Of a video post Criticism of the governor on a webpage for the Texas Youth Connection on Twitter in August, a division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. This page provided a number for the Suicide Prevention Hotline and other resources to help LGBTQ children under the “Gender Identification and Sexuality” section.
Huffins in the video accused Abbott’s speakers of publishing “extremely disturbing information.”
“They are promoting transgender sex policies for Texas youth,” he claimed. “These are not Texas values, these are not Republican values,” he added. “But these are clearly Greg Abbott’s values.”
Hours after the video was released, the Family and Protective Services Department removed the page and later removed the entire website for the Texas Youth Connection. Houston Chronicle..
The page now says, “The Texas Youth Connection website has been temporarily disabled for a comprehensive review of its content.” “This is being done to ensure that its information, resources and references are available.”
Emails from the Chronicle indicate that department employees tried to take down the page in direct response to Huffins’ criticism.
“FYI. It’s starting to take off on Twitter,” Marissa Gonzalez, the agency’s director of media relations, said in an email to Patrick Kermans, the agency’s spokeswoman, just 13 minutes after Huffins’ video was posted. Don Huffins’ video accuses the government / DFPS of advancing the liberal transgender agenda.
The criminals emailed Daryl Azar, the agency’s web director, saying, “Please note that we may need to take this page down, or revise the content in some way.”
Azar explained that the page is primarily to help adolescents who have been placed in foster care by the state and includes “LGBTQ-related material for as long as I can remember.”
This page was removed shortly after this exchange. The Criminals told the Chronicle that the agency’s review was “ongoing.”
Huffins took credit for the removal.
“We are not surprised that state employees who are loyal to Greg Abbott have to go on strike after calling for their misconduct,” he told the Chronicle. “I promised the people of Texas that I would get rid of this website and I kept that promise.”
Ricardo Martinez, head of the LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Texas, told the outlet that the move put young people at risk, noting that LGBTQ youth volunteer Bhal is three times more likely to report a suicide attempt.
“The state is responsible for the lives of these children, yet it has deliberately removed the way to seek help for them when they are most in need,” he said. “The process is incomprehensible, and it reminds us that political aspirations are part of every attack on LGBTQ + children in Texas, including fabricated debates and dozens of anti-transgender bills that have targeted them this year. This state is treating them. ”
All 13 senators of the democratic state Sent a letter Abbott and other state officials were asked Tuesday to restore the website.
“As leaders of our state, we must do more to protect our vulnerable populations, including ensuring life-saving resources such as access to crisis letters and legal aid,” the letter said.
Huffins had previously pressured Abbott to support a bill banning drugs and procedures “for the purpose of gender transfer or gender assignment.” The bill was rejected and Abbott did not ask the legislature to raise it again, but in August he asked the Department of Family and Security Services to determine if there was a gender assignment surgery. “Creates child abuse.” LGBTQ lawyers have accused Abbott of “constantly trying to intimidate non-existent healthcare practices around vulnerable transgender children,” arguing that surgery is rarely performed on minors. Rarely done.
Abbott called for legislation last month to pass legislation banning transgender children from playing on school sports teams that match their gender identity. Pressure Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, far-right Republican, on the issue.
The state legislature has considered. More than 50 bills According to Equality Texas this year, LGBTQ is targeting young people.
Democrats have accused Abbott of attacking LGBTQ children and adolescents for political reasons.
State Representative Erin Zweiner Said on Twitter.
“Greg Abbott is terrified of losing his primary. He is sabotaging the LGBTQ youth suicide prevention hotline to stop his militant base.” Tweeted Former HUD secretary Julian Castro, who is also the former mayor of San Antonio. “Just annoying.”