Texas is suing the United States Department of Agriculture for having policies in place that protects LGBT people, and conversion therapy is banned from taxpayers' fund in Pennsylvania.
Texas Sues USDA Over LGBT Protections in Nutrition Programs Policies
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and other 20 other state attorney generals are suing the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for having its programs investigate discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.
“USDA is committed to administering all its programs with equity and fairness, and serving those in need with the highest dignity. A key step in advancing these principles is rooting out discrimination in any form — including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in a press release from May, according to The Texas Tribune.
Paxton is arguing that it will “inevitably result in regulatory chaos that threatens essential nutritional services to some of the most vulnerable citizens.”
Conversion Therapy is Discouraged, Banned from Taxpayers Fund After Executive Order
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued a state executive order to protect LGBT residents from conversion therapy practices.
“Conversion therapy is a traumatic practice based on junk science that actively harms the people it supposedly seeks to treat,” Wolf said in a statement.
Organizations like The Trevor Project, nonprofit suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization that supports LGBTQ youth, showed support for the Democratic governor.
“Thank you Gov. Wolf for your leadership and for taking bold action to protect and affirm LGBTQ young people across the Commonwealth,” said Troy Stevenson, the group’s senior campaign manager for advocacy and government affairs, in a statement obtained by CNN. “We urge the state legislature to pass comprehensive state-wide protections and for governors across the nation to follow the Keystone State’s lead in ending this abusive practice.”
Wolf’s order asks for Penn. Department of Human Services to develop its resources backed by scientific research that benefit the community and the LGBT community's families and youth.