Texas state web site that included LGBTQ sources disabled after governor’s Republican major challenger criticized its content material

Texas state website that included LGBTQ resources disabled after governor's Republican primary challenger criticized its content

“This is Texas. These are not Texas values, these are not Republican Party values, but these are obviously Greg Abbott’s values. That’s why we need a change. That’s what my campaign is about,” Huffines mentioned.

While DFPS wouldn’t say if Huffines’ feedback are the rationale for disabling the Texas Youth Connection web site and eradicating the “Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation” part, an electronic mail alternate between DFPS staff reveals a priority with Huffines’ feedback concerning the website and discussions relating to the revision or elimination of the positioning.

At Source’s request, DFPS spokesperson Patrick Crimmins supplied an announcement saying, “The site was disabled several weeks ago for a content review, which is still ongoing.”

Crimmins additionally supplied copies of the e-mail alternate dated August 31 with the topic line: “Don Huffines video accusing Gov/DFPS of pushing liberal transgender agenda.”

In one electronic mail, DFPS media specialist Marissa Gonzales mentioned to Crimmins, “This is starting to blow up on Twitter. He’s referring to a section on the Texas Youth Connection website called ‘Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation.'”

Crimmins responded by including DFPS Web & Creative Services Director Darrell Azar to the e-mail, saying, “Darrell — please note we may need to take that page down, or somehow revise content……who manages for CPS, or how does content approval work? What is our specific role?”

In his response, Azar mentioned, “By policy the program owns the content and decides what resources it offers to youth.”

Azar additionally confirmed that they’ve “had some content related to LGBTQ for as long as I can remember. However, the current content is only a few years old.”

The subsequent day, Azar emailed that the web site “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.”

Huffines mentioned in an announcement to Source on Wednesday, “We aren’t surprised that state employees who are loyal to Greg Abbott had to scramble after we called their perverse actions out. I promised Texans I would get rid of that website and I kept that promise.”

DFPS is “providing exploitative content which sexualizes children,” Huffines mentioned in a longer statement shared to his social media. He additionally known as on Abbott to fireplace the director of the division.

“Any adult who pushes the perverted LGBTQ agenda on our children will be promptly removed from all positions within Texas government agencies,” Huffines, a former state senator, added.

Source has reached out to Abbott for remark. His workplace didn’t instantly reply to Source’s request.

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