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Texas kills LGBT resources website & suicide hotline because GOP challenger accused Greg Abbott of being pro-LGBT+

Texas state agency disabled a website that included a suicide hotline and resources for LGBT youth after Gov. Greg Abbott's primary election opponent accused the lawmaker of advocating "for transgender ideology," records obtained by the Houston Chronicle show.

Don Huffines, a businessman and former state senator, is running against Abbott for the Republican Party's gubernatorial nomination as Abbott sinks to the lowest approval ratings of his career.

In late August, Huffines published a video on Twitter attacking the governor for allowing Texas Youth Connection, a division of the state's Department of Family and Protective Services, to host a suicide prevention hotline and other resources meant to help queer kids on its website, including a section of the site titled "Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation."

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

Hours after Huffines' video began gaining traction on social media, first, the "Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation" webpage was deleted.

Shortly thereafter, the entire Texas Youth Connection website was also disabled. The website for Texas Youth Connection is an offshoot of Family and Protective Services. It aims to help kids prepare for life after foster care and included resources for housing and education, in addition to LGBT identity, according to the Chronicle.

The website has since been replaced with a message that reads, "The Texas Youth Connection website has been temporarily disabled for a comprehensive review of its content. This is being done to ensure that its information, resources, and referrals are current."A screenshot of the current landing page for the Texas Youth Connection website.Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Nearly two months later, employee emails obtained by the Chronicle through a public records request reveal that Department of Family Protective Services employees discussed removing the "Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation" webpage on the Texas Youth Connection website as a direct response to Huffines' video, right before the page was taken offline.

According to the outlet, the agency's media relations director Marissa Gonzales emailed a link of Huffines' video to the department's communications director Patrick Crimmins 13 minutes after it was posted.

"FYI. This is starting to blow up on Twitter," Gonzales reportedly wrote.

Crimmins then reached out to the agency's web and creative services director saying, "we may need to take that page down, or somehow revise content," the Chronicle reported.

The entire Texas Youth Connection website remains "temporarily disabled" as of Tuesday.

In a statement to the Chronicle, Huffines took credit for the site's removal.

"We aren't surprised that state employees who are loyal to Greg Abbott had to scramble after we called their perverse actions out," Huffines told the newspaper. "I promised Texans I would get rid of that website and I kept that promise."

Crimmins, who serves as the department spokesman, told Insider that a content review "is still ongoing," but did not answer specific questions about why the site had been taken down.

This is not the first time Abbott and the state government have been pressured to restrict resources for the transgender community in 2021.

Miffed after the state legislature failed to pass a law restricting transgender children from accessing transition-related care, the governor pledged to find an alternative route in July.

The governor also acquiesced and added plans to create a law restricting transgender kids from playing on school sports teams that match their gender identity after hounding from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

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by Anonymousreply 19October 14, 2021 6:51 PM

This is Greg Abbott's main GQP gubernatorial challenger and asshole-in-arms, Don Huffines

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by Anonymousreply 1October 13, 2021 1:16 PM

And here I thought Texas couldn't get any shittier.

by Anonymousreply 2October 13, 2021 1:40 PM

Fuck this fucking fuck of a fuckhead politician. As the tree sagely noted, it should have finished the job.

by Anonymousreply 3October 13, 2021 1:43 PM

Abbott is always happy to roll over his own citizens to please the right wing

by Anonymousreply 4October 13, 2021 1:49 PM

It's almost like Texas and Florida are engaged in a neck-and-neck race to see which one will walk away with the grossest state title. Tune in tomorrow to see who pulls ahead!

by Anonymousreply 5October 13, 2021 1:54 PM

Yay! Dead gay kids!!

by Anonymousreply 6October 13, 2021 6:09 PM

It is mostly about the trans. The gay movement should really separate from the trans because they will destroy the movement. When I see LGBT I think of trannies not gays anymore. being a woman who is being erased, I hate trannies and their viciousness. They have become my enemy at this point. I hope the movement falls apart. I like gay men but I want this movement to go away. When it does fall apart, I imagine there could be a backlash against gay people too.

by Anonymousreply 7October 13, 2021 6:21 PM

R7 doesn't sound like something straight copied & pasted from a troll template circa 2016 at all.

by Anonymousreply 8October 13, 2021 6:23 PM

This is just the beginning erosion of LGBTQ protections.

by Anonymousreply 9October 13, 2021 6:24 PM

R7, NO it's NOT mostly about trans. Stop trying to change every thread to your address your pet peeve.

Gay and lesbian kids attempt suicide all the time.

by Anonymousreply 10October 13, 2021 6:24 PM

Stop trying to change the subject, R7.

by Anonymousreply 11October 13, 2021 6:32 PM

Abbott will waste this fool in the polls. But I'm going to enjoy watching them eat each other alive.

by Anonymousreply 12October 13, 2021 6:52 PM

These rightwingers are the people you anti-trans gays are joining with and emboldening.

The rightwing wants to erase us from neutral public discourse and take away any rights we've gained. And it's NOT just because "T" is in our acronym, this is how they've felt ALL ALONG.

The fucking Arizona GOP - the official GOP, in 20-fucking-21 - censured Cindy McCain for, and I quote, "supported leftist causes such as Gay Marriage"

So get your head straight people. These rightwingers are using your bigotry, fear, or something I don't know to get you to help them work against us gays - and you are. So, quit it.

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by Anonymousreply 13October 13, 2021 9:24 PM

Texas has some great museums which I will not be visiting due to crazy far right politicians. I wish there was another democrat besides Beto to run as I don't think he'll win.

by Anonymousreply 14October 13, 2021 9:32 PM

They suck

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by Anonymousreply 15October 14, 2021 4:59 PM

They say everything is bigger in Texas. I wonder if that's true for shame and embarrassment?

by Anonymousreply 16October 14, 2021 5:02 PM

Texas is a shithole.

by Anonymousreply 17October 14, 2021 5:04 PM

This is usually about the time someone chimes in to remind us how "hip," "cool," and "liberal" Austin is!

by Anonymousreply 18October 14, 2021 6:41 PM

R18, or lately, Houston.

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