Austin City Council at odds with Texas AG over transgender protections

The Austin City Council passed a resolution ensuring that transgender people may receive gender reassignment therapy and providing protections for healthcare providers as well. 

The resolution comes just days after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration over its changes to Title IX, which expanded sex-based discrimination in the federal civil rights law to include transgender students. 

“Trans people deserve the right to self-determination,” Councilman Jose “Chito” Vela, one of the resolution’s sponsors, said during a Thursday meeting. “Our state has forced them and their medical providers into hiding, and that is wrong. Austin should not be a party to that any more than we legally have to be.”

The resolution ensures that “no City personnel, funds, or resources shall be used to investigate, criminally prosecute, or impose administrative penalties upon” a transgender or nonbinary person seeking healthcare nor
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