Earlier this week I posted about Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, who, even though the Texas Legislature isn’t in session, has jumped on the Bathroom Bill Bandwagon of Hate by promising to rid the restrooms of transgender folk who just want to pee—see that post Texas Wants Some Of That North Carolina Hate On Their Books, Too. Never mind the fact that transgender Americans have been using the bathroom of the gender with which they identify forever, without incident or attack or sexual misconduct because, again, they just need to pee.
But still, this is Patrick’s new target, and Target; he’s worried about children being in a bathroom with a trans female because of what might, but has never, happened. But what Dan Patrick is not concerned about, are the 171 children who died of abuse and neglect in his state. Not even after a federal judge declared that the state of Texas failed neglected children by medicating them “instead of addressing their trauma.” The court also found that state officials routinely ignored signs of sexual abuse for years while placing children in the care of overworked caseworkers.
But by all means let’s pass a Bathroom Bill, something Dan Patrick claims is a priority of the “highest order;” he has come hard against a Fort Worth school policy that allows transgender students to use the restroom that matches their gender identity and puts into action protections that shield LGBT kids from bullying, harassment and even physical harm.
He wants that stopped, but doesn’t have an issue with 171 dead kids because they weren’t killed by a trans female in a bathroom. And the funny, and by funny I mean sick, disguising, Republican, conservative part of this whole mess is that Lt. Gov. Patrick has no direct authority over local school policies, including bathroom use, but he is responsible for Texas’s Child Protective Services and the Department of Family and Protective Services.
And those 171 dead children.
According to the Star Telegram — that story is HERE — Texas has more than 108,000 confirmed cases of child abuse, to which “Patrick held no press conferences. There’s no public statement on his website. He waved no banner for their well-being;” stories like …
Four -year-old Leiliana Wright who was tied by her wrists, choked, left in a closet and slammed into a wall until she was fatally injured. Her abuse had been reported to CPS months before.
Dan Patrick. Responsible for Texas’s Child Protective Services and the Department of Family and Protective Services was silent.
And what about two-year-old Adrian Langlaiswho was brutally beaten to death. A few months earlier, CPS had been sent pictures of bruises all over his body.
Dan Patrick. Responsible for Texas’s Child Protective Services and the Department of Family and Protective Services once again was silent.
And was silent 169 other times, too. And yet he’s running around to every single media outlet he can find to talk about trans women in bathroom:
“We will not back down from blackmail by the president of the United States. There is no compromise on this issue. This is a modern day come-and-take-it issue and the president of the United States, like the superintendent of Fort Worth, is not coming and taking our children.”
But Dan Patrick, responsible for Texas’s Child Protective Services and the Department of Family and Protective Services, let’s the lives of 171 children be taken on his watch.
He doesn’t care about children, he cares about his own hate-filled, fear-mongering, anti-LGBT agenda. He talks about that all the time, but is silent on a hundred thousand abused children and 171 dead children.