‘Who Replaces Me?’

Sydney HarperChelsea Daniel and

Eric KrupkeRob SzypkoPatricia Willens and

Lisa Tobin and

Elisheba Ittoop, Dan Powell and


In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of younger Americans who identify as transgender and are seeking medical intervention to support their transition.

This increase has coincided with laws introduced in Republican State Houses across the country that seek to block trans youth from accessing gender-affirming care. Nowhere is the political battle more polarized and heated than in Texas.

In the first of two episodes on the situation in Texas, we explore the story of one family seeking such care for their son when the political storm hit.


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

“This is it, this is going to be a turning point in my life.” Not long after Grayson began receiving gender-affirming treatment at a Texas clinic as a teenager, state lawmakers started to notice the kind of care the facility provided.
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Azeen Ghorayshi contributed reporting.

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