Parents of Transgender Youth Fear Texas Orders : Short Wave Texas Governor Greg Abbott has directed the state's Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate certain gender-affirming care as possible child abuse, leaving parents of transgender youth feeling caught between two choices: support their children or face a possible investigation. Annaliese and Rachel are mothers living in Texas and both have transgender children. They speak to NPR about the emotional and mental toll this order has had on their families. And while the order is currently blocked by a judge, Chase Strangio, Deputy Director for Transgender Justice with the American Civil Liberties Union, explains the status of other anti-LGBTQ bills in other states.

Parents Of Transgender Youth Fear Texas' Anti-Trans Orders

Parents Of Transgender Youth Fear Texas' Anti-Trans Orders

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LGBTQ rights supporters gather in September, 2021, at the Texas State Capitol to protest anti-trans legislation. Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images hide caption

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LGBTQ rights supporters gather in September, 2021, at the Texas State Capitol to protest anti-trans legislation.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has directed the state's Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate certain gender-affirming care as possible child abuse, leaving parents of transgender youth feeling caught between two choices: support their children or face a possible investigation.

Annaliese and Rachel are mothers living in Texas and both have transgender children. They speak to NPR about the emotional and mental toll this order has had on their families. And while the order is currently blocked by a judge, Chase Strangio, Deputy Director for Transgender Justice with the American Civil Liberties Union, explains the status of other anti-LGBTQ bills in other states.

This episode was produced for Consider This by Mallory Yu and for Short Wave by Katherine Sypher. It was edited by Fatma Tanis and Patrick Jarenwattananon. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.