Update: Shortly after publication, the webpage was removed by DFPS.
A state agency overseen by Gov. Greg Abbott is promoting transgender ideology and a left-wing advocacy organization on its own website.
On Tuesday, former State Sen. Don Huffines—who is currently mounting a campaign against Abbott in the upcoming 2022 Republican primary elections—revealed that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services hosts a webpage dedicated to “helping empower and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, and non-heterosexual (LGBTQIA+) youth, their peers, and family.”
Prominently featured on the page, which has since been removed, is a video that details how “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” both exist on a spectrum and that children can begin to “express” their identities as early as 3 or 4 years of age.
On that same webpage, the agency links to an article on “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Definitions” hosted by the Human Rights Campaign, a pro-LGBT group that has recently campaigned against initiatives to protect children from gender mutilation procedures in Texas.
When clicking on the link, however, visitors are first greeted with a page urging them to donate to the leftist organization.
Interestingly, DFPS is the same agency that Gov. Abbott earlier this month asked to decide if cutting off a child’s healthy body parts in such gender mutilation surgeries would classify as child abuse. While the agency concluded that it was indeed abuse, they did not—and were not asked by Abbott—to weigh in on more common methods used on children, such as chemical castration and psychological coercion.
State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City) sent them a follow-up letter asking if that definition of abuse also included puberty blocker drugs and psychological counseling that teaches children they’re the opposite sex, the methods most commonly used in minors in Texas. More than two weeks later, DFPS has still not responded.
Additionally, Abbott has repeatedly declined to urge lawmakers to pass legislation outlawing the practice, saying last month that its chances of passing the Texas House were “nil,” despite one bill garnering a majority of the chamber as co-authors.
“It’s no surprise that Greg Abbott won’t lift a finger to prevent the sick brainwashing of Texas kids. His own political appointees have been participating in it, and now it’s clear his own agency is promoting perverted and damaging ideology on parents and kids,” said Huffines.
As of publication, neither Abbott’s office nor DFPS has responded for comment.