Watch: Texas Removed LGBTQ Youth Webpage after Governor Candidate Called them 'Offensive'

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday October 23, 2021
Originally published on October 14, 2021

The state of Texas removed two LGBTQ resource pages from the Department of Family and Protective Services' website after Republican governor candidate Don Huffines called them "offensive," reported NBC news.

Huffines is running to unseat current Gov. Greg Abbott, who has made plenty headlines lately for laws against reproductive freedom.

In tweets attacking Abbott, Huffines said the resource pages — which included a link to a suicide prevention hotline — were using "tax dollars to advocate for transgender ideology."

In another tweeted video, Huffines specifically accused a webpage titled "Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation" of not being of Texas values.

"These are not Texas values. These are not Republican Party values. But these are obviously Greg Abbott's values," Huffines said in the video.

In August, Texas officials removed the page about gender identity and sexual orientation and also removed a page connected to the Texas Youth Connection that included a suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.

According to the Department of Family and Protective Services, the pages have been removed for review, and the review "is still ongoing," reported NBC.

However, the Houston Chronicle reported that emails obtained via public records request show there was prior discussion about Huffines' tweets before removal of the pages.

Marissa Gonzales, the department's media relations director, reportedly emailed a link to the video saying, "FYI. This is starting to blow up on Twitter," reported the Chronicle.

Crimmins emailed Darrell Azar, the department's web and creative services director. He asked who runs the page and wrote, "Darrell — please note we may need to take that page down, or somehow revise content," according to the Chronicle.

Abbott's team has not made a comment about the matter.