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.
Lawmakers in Texas have introduced 17 anti-LGBTQ+ bills for 2023. Content warning: this story includes topics that could make some readers uncomfortable.
A range of the bills have targeted LGBTQ+ people since Monday (14 November), which marked the beginning of when legislators could submit new bills for the next session.
Suggested revisions to child abuse law would criminalise parents and hospitals for helping children access gender-affirming healthcare as felony abandonment of a child.
Punishment for this can be up to 20 years in prison. There is also a move to limit drag performances, by including the art-form in the legal definition of ‘sexually oriented material’.