‘Juno’ star Elliot Page denounced Texas officials for asserting that allowing minors to transition sexes would be prosecuted as “child abuse.”
“I am horrified by the inhumane and downright dangerous declarations by the Texas Governor and Attorney General,” Page said on Thursday. “Trans youth deserve gender-affirming care and to be able to live their true, authentic selves without fear and oppression. I stand with trans youth and their families.”
On Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said that “‘sex-change’ procedures on children,” including the use of presciption puberty-blockers, would be prosecuted as “child abuse.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott co-signed Paxton’s declaration and ordered the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services to “conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of any reported instance of these abusive procedures.”
Page, who came out publicly as trans in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last spring, said Abbott’s response was “horrific.”
“Bring It On” actress Gabrielle Union, who has a 14-year-old transgender stepdaughter with former NBA player Dwayne Wade, reacted with dismay to Abbott’s order that all licensed professionals must report any transgender children they encounter under the threat of criminal penalty.
“This is where we are. We shot past dangerous and horrific a long time ago,” Union tweeted on Tuesday. “The rubber has hit the road so who is standing shoulder to shoulder in this fight? Who truly gives a sh*t and whose on that performative bs? Let’s see.”
“Texas, Florida and states across the country are passing these bills/legislation at alarming speed,” she wrote in a follow-up on Thursday. “This is real life. These are real children and families being targeted. Still think it’s worth joking about???”