Gregory Wayne Abbott (born November 13, 1957) is an American attorney who has served as the 48th governor of Texas since January 20, 2015. A member of the Republican Party, Abbott previously served as the 50th attorney general of Texas from 2002 to 2015. He is the third governor of any U.S. state to permanently use a wheelchair. He is also the first disabled governor in Texas history.
Associated Press Monday. “We’re going on offense, we’re going to protect LGBQT kids and their families, and we’re going to build a rainbow wall to protect our community.”The states joining in the campaign are Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia, according to a joint announcement from Wiener, the LGBTQ Victory Institute, Equality California, and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California.
A total of 21 LGBTQ+ legislators from these states have committed to introducing trans refuge bills.The bills will differ from state to state, but one introduced by Wiener provides a model regarding protections for families who take refuge.
It “would reject any out-of-state court judgments removing children from their parents’ custody because they allowed gender-affirming health care” and “would make arrest warrants based on alleged violation of another state’s law against receiving such care the lowest priority for California law enforcement,” the AP reports.Minors’ ability to receive gender-affirming care is under attack in several states.
Alabama recently passed a law making it a felony to provide this care to people under 18, with punishment of up to 10 years in prison for violation.