Family fights anti-trans bills at Texas Capitol: “I will walk through fire to see my child be happy”


Last Updated on April 17, 2021 – 11:00 AM CDT

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Lisa Stanton, with her daughter Maya, spoke at an event held by Equality Texas at the Capitol on April 14, 2021. The group had several speakers including parents of trans-children speaking against SB1646, which would bring possible charges against parents for helping their children with their gender identities.

Lisa Stanton, with her daughter Maya, spoke at an Equality Texas event at the Capitol this week.

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Maya Stanton says she used to think God put her in the wrong body. Now the 10-year-old transgender girl is telling Texas lawmakers she believes it happened so she could educate them about “diversity, tolerance and how people can be different.”

Maya and her mother, Lisa, say the slate of anti-trans bills under consideration at the Capitol this session could force them to move out of state, including one measure that could deem Lisa a child abuser for affirming her daughter’s gender identity.

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