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Texas GOP’s bills targeting transgender children have exacted a mental health toll, even if they don’t become law

GOP bills that sought to restrict or punish transition-related health care, like puberty blockers, missed key deadlines. But LGBTQ advocates say the mere specter that such measures could become law does mental health damage to transgender people.

Transgender rights activists gather outside the entrance to the House floor on May 23, 2021.
Lisa Stanton, with her daughter Maya, spoke at an event held by Equality Texas at the Capitol on April 14, 2021. The group had several speakers including parents of trans-children speaking against SB1646, which would bring possible charges against parents for helping their children with their gender identities.

After “bathroom bill” failed, Republicans mount new efforts

State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, refutes a point of order raised by Sen. Kirk watson, D-Austin, against the "bathroom bill."  

A national push 

Equality Texas CEO Ricardo Martinez speaks in support of transgender rights at the Texas Capitol on April 12. Texas is one of several states whose legislatures have pushed bills limiting transgender people's sports participation health care options.

Different fates in Texas Senate and House

State Rep. Bryan Slaton, R-Royse City, on the House floor during a session at the state Capitol on April 26, 2021.

Passion and community

Indigo Giles at their Houston home on May 23, 2021.

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