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Texas Republicans Adopt Anti-LGBTQ+ Platform
« on: June 22, 2022, 01:19:46 pm »

WARNING: Potential triggers
Here's a link to a story in Pink News regarding the Texas Republican Platform adopted at the state convention June 18th, 2022.

The Texas Republican party has declared itself officially anti-LGBTQ+ with its new 40-page platform, describing homosexuality as an “abnormal lifestyle choice”.

On Saturday (18 June), the party adopted the new platform

As its formal position, the platform states: “Homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice.

“We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin, and we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.

“No one should be granted special legal status based on their LGBTQ+ identification.”

The guidance continued: “For the purpose of attempting to affirm a person age 21 or under if their perception is inconsistent with their biological sex, no medical practitioner or provider may engage in the following practices: a. Intervene in any way to prevent natural progression of puberty. b. Administer or provide opposite sex hormones. c. Perform any surgery on healthy body parts of the underage person.”

This is sad for a Party that is trying to promote itself as "inclusionary" and flies in the face of reality. Ages ago, it seems now, the psychiatric community removed homosexuality as a "mental disorder" and accepted the fact as normal that some people have a same sex attraction.
The more devastating are the anti-trans planks. These not only violate the freedom of privacy between doctor and patient and interferes with parental supervision of their children's well being, but also goes against WPATH guidelines for treatment of trans health issues. For people claiming to be protecting children, they have obviously ignored the statistics, though these may be out of date, some 42% of trans-people attempt suicide and some 17% succeed. These prohibitions, if adopted will see an increase in deaths by suicide. Puberty blockers are not radical therapy. They are used to delay onset until a child and their parents can make an informed and reasonable decision to begin cross hormone therapy. And I haven't heard of any responsible surgeon who would provide GCS/SRS until a person reaches the age of majority of 18 years of age.
To me, these are reasonable, life affirming. gender affirming therapies, which should be left in the purview and privacy of parents, their children and responsible clinicians, and not be dictated by uninformed politicians.
Traci Melissa Knight