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.
In a blow to LGBTQ+ rights, the Texas Supreme Court has removed the state’s injunction banning investigations into parents of trans youth.
Back in February, Attorney General Ken Paxton released an official opinion denouncing gender-affirming care and even said that it could be considered child abuse under the state’s law.
Shortly after his harmful statement, Texas Governor Greg Abbott released his own transphobic letter – which ordered Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to start investigations into parents of trans youth. “Because the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is responsible for protecting children from abuse, I hereby direct your agency to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of any reported instances of these abusive procedures in the State of Texas,” he wrote.
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