Gregory Wayne Abbott (born November 13, 1957) is an American attorney who has served as the 48th governor of Texas since January 20, 2015. A member of the Republican Party, Abbott previously served as the 50th attorney general of Texas from 2002 to 2015. He is the third governor of any U.S. state to permanently use a wheelchair. He is also the first disabled governor in Texas history.
Views expressed in The Advocate’s opinion articles are those of the writers and do not necessarily represent the views of The Advocate or our parent company, Pride Media.In May, I prophesized about the upcoming threat this year to the LGBTQ+ community, with the anticipated overturning of Roe v.
Wade meaning gay marriage is next, and about the rush by state legislatures to pass anti-LGBTQ+ laws particularly related to transgender youth.In April, I wrote about the attitude of Republican voters toward candidates who were homophobic in a poll conducted by Politico and Morning Consult that showed a small minority of Republicans, only 25 percent, said it was a major problem if a candidate makes homophobic statements.And later that month, I wrote about the diabolical duo of Florida Gov.
Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and their war against children, attacking trans kids and blocking LGBTQ-related conversations in the classroom. “This is all so blatantly heartbreaking, discriminatory, illegal, and criminal,” I wrote. “We should have known that DeSantis would dangerously invoke children in passing legislation using the bigoted ways straight out of the Trump playbook.”Words and actions have consequences, and all these red flags above, put together, are a warning sign for our community.