Top Texas Court Allows Abuse Inquiries of Parents of Transgender Children

But the court said Gov. Greg Abbott did not have the authority to order such investigations, acknowledging they could cause “irreparable harm.”

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Texas Child Abuse Investigators Told to Make Transgender Cases a Priority

In a court hearing, a supervisor testified that the state agency responsible for child welfare was told to investigate parents of transgender children without exception.

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Texas Court Halts Investigation of Parents Over Care for Transgender Youth

One family was affected by the decision, but Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to investigate certain medically accepted treatments as child abuse is still in place.

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Texas Investigating Over Medical Treatments for Trans Youth, Lawsuit Says

The investigations by the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services started last week with an employee of the agency, according to the suit, after Gov. Greg Abbott called for such inquiries.

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Joe Tom Easley, Gay Rights Activist Whose Marriage Made The Times, Dies at 81

Mr. Easley took a leading role in the campaign against “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the Clinton-era policy that required gay service members to hide their sexual orientation.

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Social Security Opens to Survivors of Same-Sex Couples Who Could Not Marry

Challenging a policy that limited survivor’s benefits to married couples, even though some couples were legally barred from marriage, took years.

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U.S. Issues First Passport With ‘X’ Gender Marker

The country’s first gender-neutral passport was issued to Dana Zzyym, an intersex military veteran who sued the State Department in 2015, according to Lambda Legal.

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Liquor Laws Once Targeted Gay Bars. Now, One State Is Apologizing.

New Jersey’s attorney general will apologize and vacate penalties against bars shuttered in the 20th century for allowing gay patrons to congregate.

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The Supreme Court Finally Provides Good News for Trans People

A little bit of good news, in a dire month for L.G.B.T.Q. people.

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Health Care Advocates Push Back Against Trump’s Erasure of Transgender Rights

A new rule narrows the legal definition of sex discrimination in the Affordable Care Act. Major health care providers actively oppose it.

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