Texas AG Ken Paxton Asked Agency to Compile List of Trans Residents in the State

“Nothing good ever comes out of the federal government creating a listing of individuals from a marginalized group,” a critic stated.

This previous summer time, Republican Texas Lawyer Common Ken Paxton requested staff on the Texas Division of Public Security (DPS) to do a sweeping search of its database to supply him with names of people who, over the previous two years, modified their gender on their driver’s licenses and different information.

To some, the search seems to be a transparent request to seek out out who within the state is a transgender particular person. Paxton, a staunch conservative, has taken a number of actions in recent times concentrating on trans Texas residents.

The revelation of Paxton’s actions turned recognized following a report from The Washington Post, which made a request for communications at DPS relating to state authorities strikes in opposition to trans individuals.

“Want complete variety of modifications from male to feminine and feminine to male for the final 24 months, damaged down by month,” an e mail from the top of DPS’s driver license division stated to staff. “We gained’t want DL/ID numbers at first however might must have them later if we’re required to manually search for paperwork.”

Greater than 16,000 outcomes have been discovered within the preliminary search, nevertheless it was decided {that a} guide search can be needed so as to verify why an individual’s gender standing was modified. The matter doesn’t seem to have gone past that step, the Publish’s findings recommend.

“Finally, our group suggested the AG’s workplace the information requested neither exists nor could possibly be precisely produced,” DPS spokesman Travis Considine told the publication. “Thus, no information of any form was supplied.”

Considine, who stated the command for the search got here from a “verbal request” by Paxton to the division, additionally didn’t know why the state lawyer basic made the request within the first place.

The motion by Paxton, together with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), is the most recent in a collection the 2 have taken particularly concentrating on transgender Texans. Abbott, for instance, signed a invoice into regulation earlier this yr banning trans youth from participating in public school sports that match their gender identification. Abbott additionally ordered state businesses to analyze dad and mom of youngsters who obtain gender-affirming care, doing so based mostly on a scientifically flawed, non-binding authorized opinion from Paxton that wrongly asserted such care amounted to little one abuse.

Paxton has additionally taken his anti-trans campaign to the federal authorities, suing the Biden administration several times so as to block insurance policies that defend LGBTQ individuals and broaden their rights.

Trans residents and activists, in addition to their allies, blasted the motion by Paxton, noting that his request was a disturbing and alarming intrusion of individuals’s privateness utilizing state assets.

“It’s very particularly focused, and the one particular person I don’t need understanding about my gender standing is Ken Paxton,” said Alexis Salkeld Garcia, a transgender girl in Texas who modified her gender itemizing on her license a yr and a half in the past, talking to The Publish in regards to the matter.

“Texas AG Paxton is creating a listing of transgender Texans. Nothing good ever comes out of the federal government creating a listing of individuals from a marginalized group,” opined Alejandra Caraballo on Twitter, a trans activist and teacher at Harvard Legislation College.

“What may [Paxton] probably want this data for — past harassment and persecution?” asked Democratic strategist Sawyer Hackett.

Shelly Skeen, a Dallas-based senior lawyer with the LGBTQ authorized group Lambda Authorized, disparaged Paxton’s actions, describing them to LGBTQ Nation as being politically motivated. Paxton’s request to DPS is “a gross violation of privateness [meant to] goal one group of individuals to fireside up [his] base whereas transgender persons are simply attempting to dwell their lives,” Skeen stated.

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