Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Sat Down With A Texas Family And Their 8-Year-Old Transgender Son Over The Weekend.
The Texas Republican Attorney General who is suing the Obama administration over efforts to expand transgender rights had a private dinner with a family with a transgender boy over the weekend.
Ken Paxton and his wife, Angela, sat down for a 2-hour dinner with Amber Briggle, her husband, daughter, and their transgender son.
Paxton has been a critic of transgender rights and Briggle has become one of his biggest critics.
Beyond swapping dinner jokes, and the occasional magic tricks, the dinner stayed away from politics, Briggle said. “I did convey how the lawsuits he [Paxton] was pursuing was putting our son in danger,” she said.
“I would be personally hurt if he continued to pursue these discriminatory policies after meeting and seeing our child. This isn’t dressup. This isn’t Halloween. He’s a real boy with real feelings who will be really affected.” Briggle said.
In May, Paxton said that he did not meet with any parents of transgender students before filing the lawsuit over the school directive. He has called his opposition a matter of safety and privacy for other children and in his lawsuit accused the Obama administration of turning classrooms “into laboratories for a massive social experiment.”
“It was lovely,” Briggle said. “Our intention was just to put a human face behind this.” She explained. “There was no awkwardness at the dinner despite our differences.”