Trans Kid’s Family Searching For Sanctuary


 We left Texas with only the belongings that fit in the car including three cats and a 50lb dog. Started from scratch in one of the most expensive states to live in.

 I’ve been trying to figure out what to say about the situation we find ourselves in but realize I can’t say it any better than Devan wrote for Vogue Magazine when she shared our family’s story.  https://www.vogue.com/article/kai-shappley-trans-youth-activist-texas 
 “Kai Shappley, and all transgender children in Texas, now have more to fear than the boogeyman. In February 2022, Texas governor Greg Abbott issued a letter to the Department of Family and Protective Services directing the state agency to investigate medical treatments for transgender adolescents—​such as puberty blockers and hormones—as child abuse. The letter asserts that there are reporting requirements for “all licensed professionals who have direct contact with children who may be subject to such abuse, including doctors, nurses, and teachers,” and that a failure to report merits criminal penalties.” “… Governor Abbot’s directive has been argued over in Texas courts. In March, a state’s appeals court, prompted by a lawsuit brought by the ACLU and Lambda Legal, upheld an injunction blocking investigations into parents. In May, Texas’s state Supreme Court partially overturned that injunction. By June, a Texas judge had blocked investigations again, with more hearings on Abbot’s directive to come. What happens if transgender children do get taken away from their families? Foster care and an uncertain future. (At least 104 children have died in Texas’s long-term care system since September 2019, six as a result of documented abuse by caregivers.)” -This Girl’s Life: On Growing Up Trans in Texas BY DEVAN DIAZ June 30, 2022

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