Following the Texas Legislature’s passage of a measure to ban child gender mutilation, a Houston-area mom who claims her child is “transgender” has moved her family out of Texas so her child can continue receiving destructive “treatments.”

The Houston mom, Luisa Montoya, has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and believes her daughter is a boy. Montoya also has a 17-year-old whom she claims is non-binary.

Montoya claimed her daughter, now 13 years old, first announced she felt like she was a boy when she dressed her in a tutu at the age of 2.

Montoya explained that her daughter told her constantly when she was 2, 4, and 6 years old, “I’m a boy. I’m a boy. I’m a boy.”

However, Montoya said she didn’t humor her daughter until she was about 9 years old. Montoya claims her daughter told her, “When God made me and he grabbed the Play-Doh, he made a girl body. But he made a mistake, Mom, and he grabbed the boy’s brain and he put it there.”

The mother then stuck her daughter in “gender-affirming” therapy, and the child began hormone replacement therapy (HRT) a year later.

Montoya claimed to be fearful of the possibility her daughter would commit suicide if they didn’t affirm her confusion, a common fear for parents whose children suffer from gender dysphoria.

“Initially, the information I found in newspaper and magazine articles suggested that full affirmation of a child’s gender identity and their choices to socially and or medically transition was the option with the best outcomes,” said a Canadian parent whose daughter was pressured to transition. “Those articles often included high suicide rates in the trans population as a key reason why blanket affirmation was so important.”

Montoya now claims that if her “son’s” treatments were to stop, she fears “he might commit suicide,” which is why she chose to move her family out of Texas when the Legislature passed a measure to ban destructive “treatments” and mutilating surgeries for children experiencing gender confusion.

“[P]eople don’t understand you are also grieving your child,” Montoya said after her daughter began HRT. “My little girl was gone. And my little girl never existed. And my little girl was only created in my mind. So, that was the difficult part. … I had to let her go.”

Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 14 by State Rep. Donna Campbell (R–New Braunfels) into law on June 2, 2023. This measure, once effective, will protect children from being chemically castrated by puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones and from receiving mutilative surgeries to “transition” them.

Brady Gray, a board member for Texas Family Project, told Texas Scorecard, “While we at Texas Family Project are thankful for all life-saving legislation, this is a somber reminder that people will stop at nothing to continue these heinous acts. Children should be protected, and even this adult recognizes there is no place for this in Texas.”

SB 14 will take effect on September 1, 2023.

Soli Rice

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