This week read about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott calling gender-affirming care for trans children "child abuse," and the trial of a man who used Grindr as a "hunting ground" delayed in Louisiana.
Governor Labels Gender-affirming Care for Trans Children as ‘Child Abuse’
Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order stating that parents who provide gender-affirming healthcare — like puberty blockers and hormone treatments — to their trans children should be investigated for child abuse. So far, five district attorneys are refusing to comply with the order.
They criticized Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for also labeling gender-affirming care as abuse. Abbott is using Paxton’s opinions as his justification for the order. These anti-trans orders go against the advice of America’s largest medical groups, like the American Medical Association.
Attorneys from Bexar, Dallas, Travis, Nueces, and Fort Bend County have called Abbott’s order “un-American,” according to the San Antonio Current. Bexar County DA Joe Gonzales and Abbott’s order "cruel" and "part of a continued onslaught on personal freedoms."
“We also want to be clear: we will enforce the Constitution and will not irrationally and unjustifiably interfere with medical decisions made between children, their parents, and their medical physicians,” reads a statement from the five. “We trust the judgment of our state’s medical professionals.”
Both Paxton and Abbott are up for reelection this year.
Trial for Man Accused of Using Grindr to Commit Hate Crime Has Been Delayed
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In 2020 Chase Seneca allegedly attempted to kill a man, supposedly using Grindr as a “hunting ground.” His trial was originally scheduled for March 14 but his attorney requested his trial date be delayed and state prosecutors didn’t oppose his request. A judge approved the request but a new date has not been set.
Dustin Talbot, Seneca’s lawyer, wrote in the request that the nature of the trial was complex and that they were working with state prosecutors "toward a resolution.”
According to the Daily Advertiser, Seneca is being charged with attempted murder and a hate crime. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Seneca is accused of using Grinder to attempt a kidnapping on one man and kidnapping two others in June 2020.
The Department of Justice said Seneca attempted to kill one of the men "because of his gender and sexual orientation.” They also said Seneca intended on keeping parts of his victim’s body as trophies.
The Associated Press wrote that Seneca lured his victim into his home and after ending the attack, the FBI said Seneca called the police “in a self-described effort to be put into a mental institution.”