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.
A Texas judge has blocked the state’s harmful “child abuse” investigations into parents of trans youth. On 8 June, Adam and Amber Briggle, two other anonymous families and the LGBTQ+ organisation Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) filed a lawsuit against DFPS and Governor Greg Abbott.
The legal documents were filed due to Abbott’s harmful anti-trans directives that he issued in late February – which called on the DFPS to investigate the parents of trans youth undergoing gender-affirming care.
The court filings revealed that the governor’s horrific directives created a great deal of anxiety and fear for the three families.
One of the mothers involved in the suit also disclosed that their trans teen attempted suicide the day Abbott released his anti-trans letter.