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PFLAG v. Office of the Attorney General of Texas

Location: Texas
Status: Ongoing
Last Update: May 3, 2024

What's at Stake

Following a request from the Office of the Attorney General of Texas for records and documents related to its advocacy on behalf of families with transgender youth, PFLAG National sued to block the request in February 2024. Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and other LGBTQ legal organizations, PFLAG is also a plaintiff in two lawsuits in Texas relating to gender-affirming care for minors.

On February 9, 2024, PFLAG National—the country's largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ people and those who love them—received civil demands from the Office of the Attorney General of Texas to turn over documents, communications, and information related to the organization’s work helping families with transgender adolescents in Texas. PFLAG National is a plaintiff in two lawsuits filed against restrictions on gender-affirming medical care for adolescents in Texas: Loe v. Texas, challenging SB 14, the state’s ban on gender-affirming medical care for minors, and PFLAG v. Abbott, challenging the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ rule mandating investigations of parents who work with medical professionals to provide their adolescent transgender children with medically necessary healthcare.

On February 29, 2024, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the ACLU, Lambda Legal, and Transgender Law Center filed a separate lawsuit on behalf of PFLAG National in Travis County District Court requesting a temporary restraining order against the Attorney General’s investigative demands on the grounds the Attorney General’s Office is acting outside its authority, attempting to subvert the discovery process in the separate lawsuits challenging SB 14 and the DFPS Rule, and seeking to violate PFLAG’s and its members’ constitutional free speech and association rights, as well as the right to be free from unconstitutional searches and seizures.

UPDATE: On March 25, 2024, a Travis County District Court granted a temporary injunction blocking the Texas Attorney General’s Office’s demand that PFLAG National turn over information and documents about its support of families in Texas seeking gender-affirming medical care for their transgender youth. That injunction remains in place under a April 17, 2024 order from the Texas Court of Appeals, Third District.

 

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