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Response to Governor Abbott’s targeting of Trans Children and their Parents

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We are saddened and infuriated that the governor of the state of Texas has chosen to use at-risk children and their parents as a blatant scapegoat. 

This obvious and calculated political decision puts transgender children in further harm. According to recent studies, as many as 40% of transgender teenagers have reported attempting suicide. Not because these children are broken, incorrect, or immoral, but because the way adults treat them is broken, incorrect, and immoral. 

No matter who you are or where you come from, Texans believe that everyone is endowed with the right to live unencumbered by the boot of those in power on their necks. 

We will not stand for this attack on Texas’ children and their parents.

We, the undersigned, are asking that the Abilene City Government and Abilene Independent School District follow the example of other Texas cities by publicly refusing to follow this outrageous and illegal political mandate. 

We firmly believe that Abilene stands for liberty and inclusivity for everyone and that those values are worth fighting for.

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Sam Hatton
President - Abilene PRIDE Alliance

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Sam is the President of the Abilene PRIDE Alliance. He is a local progressive, rural government activist and works at TRUST Web (a web design firm) as the owner. He is also co-owner of WHITL Woodworking (a jewelry manufacturer). Sam has been an avid organizer since he attended the University of North Texas studying psychology. It's a passion that followed him his entire life. He ran for the Texas House of Representatives in 2018 and again in 2020 to draw attention to the lack of education funding facing Texas and the dire situation that most rural water infrastructure was in. Sam's hometown made national news several times for the amount of lead content in their drinking water. The issue remains unaddressed. In 2019 when he was chair of Indivisible Abilene he helped to put on Abilene's largest PRIDE event to that point in two weeks on $500. Over 500 people were in attendance at Everman Park. It was this event that would lead to the creation of the Abilene PRIDE Alliance. In the fall of 2019 Sam, James, and several other LGBTQIA people held the first Abilene PRIDE alliance meetings. Since then, they have formed an online database for affirming...

1 thought on “Response to Governor Abbott’s targeting of Trans Children and their Parents”

  1. I am a proud born-and-raised Texan, but the governor’s actions are an embarrassment. Following his suggestions will do nothing to help children. Suicide among transgender youth is already a serious problem; Governor Abbott has now exacerbated it.

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