According to a report by the Texas Tribune, Attorney General Ken Paxton spent about two weeks trying to identify a school board that would implement anti-transgender student policies allowing him to sue the federal government. At least two districts were approached, including Wichita Falls, which after an hourlong conversation chose not to pass the anti-trans policy requested by Paxton.
Paxton is willing to go incredible lengths to target transgender students in an ugly, politically motivated lawsuit, even as he faces three felony fraud charges,” said Jay Brown, HRC Communications Director. “The Department of Education’s guidance was requested by educators across the country and simply ensures all students -- including transgender students -- can go to school without fear of bullying, harassment or isolation. But now these students have their own lawmakers attacking them.”
Paxton currently faces three felony fraud indictments for violating state securities laws, civil fraud charges, and a separate investigation from the Texas State Bar for encouraging clerks to ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling on nationwide marriage equality.
On Wednesday, Paxton filed a federal lawsuit with government officials in 10 other states, aiming to block federal nondiscrimination protections for transgender people.
In the suit, Paxton is seeking to undo crucial and historic non-discrimination advancements the federal government has implemented for transgender people in recent years. Specifically, the lawsuit attacks guidance from the U.S. Department of Education which explains that schools are obligated under federal law to protect transgender students from discrimination challenges guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with regards to transgender employees, and seeks to undermine the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s determination that transgender employees are covered by federal employment nondiscrimination law.
National organizations representing almost 5 million educators, pediatricians, counselors and other child welfare providers have urged lawmakers like Paxton to stop their political attacks on transgender youth. These organizations include the American Federation of Teachers, the American Academy of Pediatrics; the American Counseling Association; the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Education Association.