Travis County District Court Judge Amy Clark Meachum issued a temporary injunction blocking the Texas Office of the Attorney General from demanding information and documents from PFLAG, a national nonprofit supporting LGBTQ families. The injunction was granted to prevent “immediate and irreparable injury, loss, or injury” to PFLAG and its members who seek gender-affirming care for minors. This order allows the decades-old organization to maintain the privacy of its members.

PFLAG received civil demands on Feb. 9 from Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office to provide documents and information related to supporting families with transgender children. Paxton’s office claimed this was part of an investigation into medical providers offering gender-affirming care to minors despite laws banning such treatment in Texas. PFLAG filed a lawsuit on Feb. 28 seeking protection for its members’ privacy, leading to the temporary injunction granted by Meachum on March 25.

The Attorney General’s Office responded to the lawsuit by stating that PFLAG’s information was relevant to investigations into potential insurance fraud to circumvent Senate Bill 14, which prohibited gender-affirming care for minors in the state. Despite the demands for information, PFLAG refused to produce any documents and instead filed a lawsuit to protect its members’ privacy. The legal battle between PFLAG and Paxton’s office highlights the ongoing efforts in Texas to restrict access to transition-related care for minors.

On March 1, a temporary restraining order was obtained by PFLAG with the support of Lambda Legal, the ACLU, and the Transgender Law Center. This order remained in effect until the hearing on March 25, when Meachum issued the injunction to protect PFLAG’s privacy rights. The ruling stated that there is a strong likelihood of PFLAG prevailing after a trial scheduled to begin on June 10. The legal victory for PFLAG comes amidst increasing efforts in Texas to limit access to gender-affirming care for minors.

The court’s decision to grant the injunction was praised by advocates for LGBTQ rights, including Chloe Kempf of the ACLU of Texas, who called it a critical step in allowing PFLAG and its members to advocate for each other without fear of retaliation from the Attorney General’s office. The ruling reaffirms the importance of protecting the privacy of individuals seeking gender-affirming care for minors in Texas. PFLAG’s fight against the demands for information highlights the ongoing challenges faced by LGBTQ organizations in the state.

The legal victory for PFLAG represents a significant step in the battle to protect the rights of LGBTQ individuals, particularly transgender youths seeking gender-affirming care. The injunction granted by Meachum allows PFLAG to maintain the confidentiality of its members and continue providing support to families with transgender children. The ongoing legal battle between PFLAG and the Texas Attorney General’s Office underscores the importance of upholding the privacy and rights of LGBTQ individuals in the state as efforts to restrict access to gender-affirming care continue.

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