an opinion labeling certain types of gender-affirming medical care for transgender children as child abuse. As a result, Amber Briggle, who shared dinner with Paxton and her son in 2016, is one of the people Child Protective Services is investigating, KHOU-TV reported.The situation adds to growing controversy surrounding whether children should receive gender-affirming care such as social transition support, providing puberty blockers, or, in rare cases, more advanced medical procedures like hormone therapy.
People in support of gender-affirming care say transgender children deserve to have care that reflects how they identify, while critics say it could harm children's development.Briggle told the Texas Tribune she invited Paxton and his wife over for dinner following a request he led to block a federal mandate allowing transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender."He literally went into a bathroom with my transgender son so they could wash their hands before dinner," Briggle told the local newspaper. "He turns around and looks and says, 'This is nice.
It's been a while since I had kids this age.'"She added that when the attorney general and his wife were leaving, she asked him about supporting transgender children and he shrugged, saying he doesn't make the laws."He sits at the table, breaks bread with my children, with my family, in my loving, nonviolent, drug-free, safe and stable home, and then says that families like mine should not exist," Briggle said. "It's shameful."This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.Update 03/09/22 2:20 p.m.