Report: The Texas Attorney General’s Office sought state data on transgender Texans

Paxton’s office reportedly bypassed normal channels and went directly to driver’s license department staff to request the data.

HOUSTON – Last summer, the Texas Attorney General’s Office allegedly asked Texas Department of Public Safety to compile a list of people who had changed their gender on their Texas driver’s licenses and other departmental records in the past two years.

according to a Washington Post report, the head of the DPS driver’s license department, emailed colleagues in the department on June 30 and said they needed the “total number of male-to-female and female-to-male transfers over the past 24 months, broken down by.” months”. The boss said they wouldn’t need driver’s license or ID numbers initially, but they “may need to have them later” if it’s necessary to look up documents manually.

After identifying more than 16,000 such cases, DPS officials reportedly decided a manual search was needed to determine the reason for the changes.

DPS spokesman Travis Considine said the Washington Post that “an oral request was received,” but “ultimately our team advised the AG’s office that the data requested neither existed nor could be accurately produced.” Therefore no data was provided.”

Considine said he couldn’t say who in Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office requested the records.

public data obtained from the Washington Post do not specify why Paxton’s office requested the driver’s license information, but advocates for transgender Texans told the publication that the attorney general could use the data to “further limit their right to transition, calling it a chilling attempt to secretly obtain personal information about the… persecution to benefit vulnerable people.”

Paxton’s office did not respond to Washington Post requests for comment.

The publication also notes that Paxton’s office bypassed the normal channels and went directly to drivers’ license department staff to request the data. A state official familiar with the request said staffers were told Paxton’s office wanted “numbers” and later “a list” of names, as well as “the number of people who have had legal gender reassignment surgery.”

to learn more Read the full Washington Post report here or on The Texas Tribune website.

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Laura Coffey

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