The site for Texas Youth Connection, part of DFPS, used to have a page called “Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation” that had links to various LGBTQ youth resources, including a suicide prevention hotline and educational materials.
In August, Don Huffines, who is challenging Abbott in the Republican primary, criticized the site in a video posted to Twitter.
“They are promoting transgender sexual policies to our- to Texas youth!”.
He read out what each of the letters in LGBTQ means and said: “This is Texas!
“This action is unconscionable, and it reminds us that political aspirations are part of every attack on LGBTQ+ kids in Texas.”.
LGBTQ youth have a high rate of suicide and attempted suicide than their cishet counterparts.
The Trevor Project, which runs the LGBTQ youth suicide hotline that used to be linked on the Texas website, reported a 150% increase in calls from transgender youth in Texas since the state legislature started trying to pass laws attacking transgender youth this year. »