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Ricardo Martinez of Equality Texas speaks outside the Travis County Courthouse on March 2.In recent weeks, the parents of transgender kids in Texas have had to deal with a new source of stress. While the state government has long displayed hostility to trans Texans—most recently by passing a law during the 2021 legislative session that bans trans students from competing in school sports consistent with their gender identity—a February 22 letter sent from Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) escalated matters considerably. In the letter, Abbott instructed the department to begin investigating reports of parents providing gender-affirming medical care to their children as child abuse. Parents have understandably panicked at the thought that this policy could result in their children being taken from their homes, while teachers and doctors have struggled to…

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