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“They’re talking about how my existence is child abuse”: Trans teen fears crackdown on gender-affirming health care

Speakers at South by Southwest decried attempts by Texas officials to open child abuse investigations into families whose kids have used treatments like puberty blockers and hormone therapy.

From left: Jessica Shortall, executive director of Texas Competes; Andy Marra, executive director of the Transgenders Legal Defense and Education Fund; Emmett Schelling, executive director of the Transgender Education Network of Texas; Charlie Allen, high school senior; and Diamond Stylz, host of the Black trans podcast Marsha's Plate.

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