AUSTIN, TX — (10-13-21) — A Texas agency under the orders of Gov. Abbott, have removed its resource page for LGBT youth after Republican candidate challenging Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in next year’s state election claimed tax dollars were being used to “advocate for transgender ideology.”
Republican Don Huffines, owner of a real estate development company and conservative activist, claimed that the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services was publishing “disturbing information about our youth.”
“Gov. Abbott’s political appointees that are running the Department of Family and Protective Services have put out — and it’s been on their website — some very disturbing information about our youth. They are promoting transgender sexual policies to our — to Texas youth,” Huffines said in a video posted to Twitter in late August.
“They’re talking about helping empower and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, non-heterosexual behavior,” said Huffines. “I mean, really? This is Texas. These are not Texas values. These are not Republican Party values, but these are obviously Greg Abbott’s values,” said Huffines.
I told Texans I would get this DFPS website taken down and stop Greg Abbott from using our tax dollars to promote transgender ideology.
We’re just getting started. https://t.co/v6zcXhc0dN
— Don Huffines (@DonHuffines) October 12, 2021
Within hours, the Texas Department of Family and Protective services took down the Resource page for LGBT Youth, the Houston Chronicle reported on Tuesday.
In its place, visitors see the following message:
“The Texas Youth Connection website has been temporarily disabled for a comprehensive review of its content. This is being done to ensure that its information, resources, and referrals are current,” the message reads. The site also includes links to a youth help hotline and “preparation for adult living.”
The Texas Youth Connection page provided information for several services, including housing and LGBT resources.
JRL CHARTS has reached out to the Texas Department of Family and Protective services and Abbott’s office for comment.
In a statement to the Chronicle, a spokesman for the department, Patrick Crimmins, said the review of the website was still “ongoing” but gave no details as to when the review would be completed.
According to The Houston Chronicle, which obtained information about the decision to pull down the webpage through a freedom of information request, members of the Texas Department of Family and Protective services agency discussed the “Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation” page right after Huffine’s tweet went viral among conservatives in the Lone Star State.
Media relations director Marissa Gonzales emailed Crimmins following Huffine’s tweet and wrote, “FYI. This is starting to blow up on Twitter.”
Will the war on the LGBTQ Community by Conservative Republicans ever end?
We will continue to follow this story and bring you developments as they become available.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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