Texas LGBTQ Republicans support blocking some medical treatment for transgender youth
AUSTIN — The group that represents LGBTQ conservatives in Texas backs a controversial state policy that targets medical care for transgender youth.
Texas Log Cabin Republicans said Monday that Gov. Greg Abbott was right to “end the administration of puberty blockers, hormone treatments and other treatments” for minors with gender dysphoria.
Describing transgender people as “a small number of human beings, who in the past have been subjected to severe ostracization and unfair treatment”, the group’s board added that trans youth “deserve compassion and non-judgmental support, as well as all counseling and medical assistance available, unless there are irreversible medical procedures.
Last month, on the heels of an attorney general’s notice calling them abuse, the governor ordered child protective services to investigate reports of transgender youth accessing certain medical procedures. The state has opened at least nine investigations, which have been suspended due to an ongoing lawsuit, since then.
All major physician groups, including the American and Texas medical associations, support individualized, age-appropriate access to these treatments. Puberty blockers are fully reversible while some hormone therapies have longer-lasting or permanent effects, according to the World Professional Association of Transgender Health.
The national organization of Log Cabin Republicans publicly criticized the Biden administration for supporting gender-affirming care weeks ago. Texas LCR President Marco Roberts said the group carefully considered the matter after members asked for instructions.
In his statement, he did not call the gender-affirming care “child abuse.”
“We did not issue a statement immediately after the Governor’s policy announcement because we felt we needed to do our due diligence, review the science and not throw away something that had not been carefully considered. regardless of political pressures from different sides. “, said Roberts The Dallas Morning News. “But conservatives and gay and trans allies look to us for leadership on these issues, and we aim to do our best to provide it.”
Of note, the statement was released as the Texas LCR plans to request a booth again at the state’s GOP convention this summer. The group has repeatedly requested a booth, but their request has never been approved in the past.
Texas’ LCR has had a cold relationship with the state’s GOP. At the 2018 Texas Republican Party Convention, Log Cabin Republicans successfully removed language from the party platform that homosexuality was a “chosen behavior” that “should not be presented as a acceptable alternative lifestyle”.
Efforts to restore this language in 2020 have failed. But that year, the Texas Republican Party made banning certain medical treatments for transgender youth one of its eight legislative priorities. The Texas LCR took no position on the issue at the time, opting instead to support another push to restrict how transgender students can participate in school sports.
Lawmakers passed the Sports Bill last year.
Last week, the president of the Log Cabin National Republicans slammed the NCAA for allowing trans women to participate in women’s sports and voiced support for Florida’s law banning teaching about sexual orientation and gender. gender identity from kindergarten to third grade.
He also accused liberal politicians and interest groups of hijacking the larger issue of transgender rights, an allegation echoed by the Texas LCR on Monday.
“LGBT conservatives don’t buy into the radical woke left notion that sex and gender are meaningless,” Charles Moran said in a Fox News op-ed Friday. “Their demands have nothing to do with LGBT rights, and everything to do with their years-long campaign to eliminate sex and gender as important mores from Western society under the guise of ‘equality.’ .
State and national groups make an important distinction for trans adults.
“Log Cabin Republicans support the rights of mature adults who are transgender to transition, if they choose to do so, as should be the right of all Americans to make deeply personal medical decisions that will affect their entire lives. “, the LCR of Texas Statement said.