It was 2019 when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Rand Paul weighed in on the James Younger case. A video of a 3-year-old James started circulating on social media, showing the child explaining to his father what his step-mommy does; putting him in dresses, buying him hairclips, and painting his nails. “I’m a girl,” he continually tells his biological father. In October of that year, a Texas jury ruled against Jeffrey Younger, who was trying to keep his 7-year-old son, James Younger, from being chemically castrated and transitioned into a girl named “Luna” by the boy’s non-biological mother.

We thought that was young, but as we recently reported, a mother told ABC News that her “assigned male at birth” child started to communicate being transgender “at the earliest moment that she actually had words and language.”

Some states are passing laws to prevent minors from gender assignment surgery, and according to MSNBC, that puts trans kids at ground zero is the conservative culture war.

Katelyn Burns reports that she “was given the exclusive chance to sit in on the meeting in what can only be described as an increasingly desperate political moment for trans kids and their families.”

Jaime Jara, a 43-year-old mother of three, told me that some politicians in her home state of Florida have physically hidden from her and her 10-year-old daughter, Dempsey, when they tried to approach them to advocate against the state’s anti-trans bills. Jara was part of a group of parents and trans kids who gathered Monday outside the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administrative building in Washington, D.C., just a stone’s throw from the Capitol. They had just met with one of the most powerful government officials in the country, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.

Xavier Becerra has already told Congress that he supports government funding of gender-affirming surgeries on minors.

We need to get to the kids early before “cisnormative” values become ingrained.

Here’s a photo from Beccera’s meeting with those transgender kids, including Dempsey:

And we were grateful to all of the young people who shared their stories on Detrans Awareness Day.

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