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Texas Governor's New Assault On Transgender Minors And Their Families

Released March 14, 2022

The Diversity and Social Action Committee, in collaboration with our Child & Adolescent Subcommittee, have prepared the following statement in response to the disturbing actions from political leaders in Texas confronting trans and queer youth, their families, and providers of gender affirming care. While we are gratified by the most recent court case stalling any further enforcement of this political spectacle, the risks loom. Please share our statement with your colleagues and join us in our efforts to resist the politicization of anxiety about otherness.

As members of The American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW), we are deeply concerned and troubled by the mounting assaults and marginalization of trans children and their families. The most recent attack came from the Texas Attorney General's non-binding legal opinion (2/18/22) and Governor Abbott's subsequent letter (2/22/22), which directs professionals and members of the general public to report parents to the Commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), who would then be obligated to investigate reports of gender affirming care by families of transgender children as child abuse. We believe this directive poses astonishing disregard for the selfhood of trans youth and negates their families' right to provide care and support for their children. We strongly condemn this strategic weaponizing of transgender youth in the current broader culture war and political arena. We believe that it constitutes a grave detrimental assault on transgender children and their families and must be named.

Continue reading the March 14, 2022 position statement, Texas Governor's New Assault On Transgender Minors And Their Families


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