A Historic V.P

Sydney HarperChelsea Daniel, Rachel Quester, Rob Szypko and

Lisa Tobin and

Marion Lozano and


In Texas, a heated political battle is taking place over care provided to young transgender people, with Gov. Greg Abbott taking a leading role.

The story of this confrontation began, improbably, with the contentious divorce of a suburban couple from Dallas, and a nasty custody battle over their daughter.

We look at how a domestic dispute precipitated one of the fiercest political clashes in the country, and return to yesterday’s story about a trans teenager, Grayson, and his mother to explore the impact of this clash.


  • J. David Goodman, The New York Times’s Houston bureau chief, covering Texas.

  • Azeen Ghorayshi, a reporter covering the intersection between sex, gender and science for The Times.

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas has stoked a political battle about care for young transgender people.
Callaghan O’Hare for The New York Times

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J. David Goodman and Azeen Ghorayshi contributed reporting.

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