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AP REPORT: Texas AG office in growing disarray under Paxton

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton seeks to fend off legal troubles and win a third term as Texas’ top law enforcement official, but his agency has come unmoored by disarray behind the scenes, with seasoned lawyers quitting over practices they say aim to slant legal work, reward loyalists and drum out dissent. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
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GLAAD Releases 20 Under 20 List Honoring Young LGBTQ+ Activists
GLAAD has announced its third annual 20 Under 20 list, spotlighting 20 LGBTQ+ people, ages 20 and under, who are accelerating acceptance of LGBTQ+ people while shaping the future of media and activism.The list launched Wednesday in Teen Vogue, featuring individual portraits of each honoree by artist and graphic designer Christopher Skinner.“Whether sharing their stories across social media, organizing against harmful legislation, or moving through Hollywood as an out and proud performer, the GLAAD 20 Under 20 list is made up of talented and inspiring young LGBTQ people who have already created lasting impact,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a press release.This year’s honorees are:• Aidan Kohn-Murphy, he/him, 18, gay activist, founder and executive director of nonprofit Gen Z for Change, and host of Next Generation politics podcast• Alex Consani, she/her, 19, trans supermodel and influencer repped by IMG Models Worldwide and Look Models, who has walked for Alexander McQueen, Versace, and Tom Ford• Ava Aimable, she/her, 17, student and activist, Point Foundation Scholar and Wells Fargo Scholarship recipient at Columbia University, and founding member of her school’s first Student Diversity and Inclusion Council• Cameron Samuels, they/them, 18, activist and organizer against book bans and censorship in their home state of Texas, honorary youth chair for #BannedBooksWeek, featured in NBC's #Pride30 List, and recognized by former President Barack Obama for their efforts fighting queer censorship• Danielle Cohn, she/her, 18, pansexual entrepreneur, social media influencer with over 19 million followers on TikTok, and owner of the first teen-owned feminine brand Feel Divine, a plant-based body care line• Elva
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Texas Judge Blocks Investigations of More Families with Trans Children
ruling, Meachum said the PFLAG families have demonstrated a likelihood that they will suffer “probably, imminent, and irreparable injury” if the state Department of Family and Protective Services is allowed to continue with its investigations into transgender youth receiving doctor-recommended medical care and their parents.Some of that harm includes potentially having transgender youth taken out of their parents’ custody and placed into foster care, as well as the parents potentially facing criminal charges and penalties. Meachum also found that DFPS did not begin investigating gender-affirming care as child abuse until after Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order directing the agency to investigate parents who have allowed their children to receive transition-related care, including puberty blockers, which delay the onset of secondary sex characteristics.Abbott based that order on an opinion issued by Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), who stated that that all the forms of surgical and hormonal interventions for transgender youth constitute “abuse,” and violate minors’ fundamental right to procreation by subjecting them to treatments that can potentially cause sterilization.Although DFPS began investigating several families with transgender children following Abbott’s directive, the Texas Supreme Court later found, in a partial victory for a group of transgender plaintiffs and advocates, that the governor had overstepped his authority.
The Texas State Guard (TXSG) is the state military force of Texas, and one of three branches of the Texas Military Forces. Along with the other two branches, the TXSG falls under the command of the Governor of Texas and is administered by the Adjutant General of Texas an appointee of the Governor. The other two branches of the Texas Military Forces are the Texas Army National Guard and the Texas Air National Guard. The mission of the Texas State Guard (TXSG) is to provide mission-ready military forces to assist state and local authorities in times of state emergencies, to conduct homeland security and mission support activities under the umbrella of Defense Support to Civil Authorities, and to augment the Texas Army National Guard and Texas Air National Guard as required.
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