GLMA Unequivocally Denounces the Supreme Court of Texas Ruling on SB14 and Vows to Continue Fighting for LGBTQ+ Healthcare Rights

The Texas Supreme Court today refused to grant an emergency request for temporary relief and allowed Senate Bill 14, the state’s unconstitutional medical care ban, to go into effect, endangering Texas transgender youth, infringing on the rights of parents, and exposing doctors who care for them to loss of medical licenses and other potential penalties. A Travis County District Court had granted a temporary injunction last week that blocked implementation of the discriminatory ban, but the Texas Attorney General immediately appealed directly to the Texas Supreme Court, thereby staying the injunction.

The legal advocates who brought the challenge to S.B. 14 had asked the Texas Supreme Court to reinstate the injunction so that trans youth could still access medically necessary and evidence-based care prescribed in consultation with their parents and their doctors for the treatment of gender dysphoria while the appeal was litigated. The Court refused to do so and did not provide any written explanation for allowing the law to remain in effect.

In July, Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Texas, Transgender Law Center, and the law firms Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, filed a lawsuit challenging S.B. 14 on behalf of five Texas families, three medical professionals, and two organizations serving hundreds of families and health professionals across the state – PFLAG and GLMA.

The five Texas families challenging this law come from diverse backgrounds across the state with transgender youth who would be harmed if S.B. 14 goes into effect. The bill’s passage has resulted in families splitting up or planning to leave Texas to continue treatment for their children. The families are suing pseudonymously to protect themselves and their children, who are transgender Texans between the ages of 9 and 16. 

GLMA Executive Director Alex Sheldon, MA, has issued the following statement:

"In the face of the Supreme Court of Texas's regrettable ruling, GLMA stands firm in our conviction that access to life-saving health care is a fundamental human right. But this ruling is a profound disappointment not only because it robs young transgender Texans of the right to equitable and compassionate health care, but also because it will undoubtedly harm the entirety of the state's already weakened healthcare system. Health professionals will not stand for a system that so brazenly undermines their ethical obligations, medical expertise, and rights to occupational freedom. GLMA will continue our unrelenting advocacy to combat this and other discriminatory measures and protect the rights and well-being of all LGBTQ+ individuals in Texas and beyond."

GLMA President Nick Grant, PhD, ABPP, has issued the following statement:

"This decision is more than just a setback; it is a blatant disregard for the human rights and dignities of LGBTQ+ individuals. By allowing discriminatory practices to persist within the healthcare system, the court threatens not only the physical health, but also the mental and emotional wellbeing of countless Texans. Nevertheless, GLMA remains steadfast in our mission and will tirelessly fight against such oppressive measures. We pledge to remain an unwavering voice for the LGBTQ+ community in the face of adversity, and will not rest until every individual is granted the comprehensive, equitable health care they deserve."

The legal advocates in this case have issued the following joint statement: 

"Today’s cruel ruling places Texas’ transgender youth, and the families and medical professionals who love and care for them, directly in harm’s way. The district court heard two days of testimony, weighed the evidence, and made a reasoned and thoughtful determination that the ban likely violated the Texas Constitution, and thus should be delayed while the full case plays out in court. Inexplicably, the Texas Supreme Court disagreed, and transgender Texas youth and their families are forced to confront the start of the school year fearful of what awaits them.

But let us be clear: the fight is far from over. In its ruling, the district court clearly articulated the ways in which S.B. 14 likely violates the Texas Constitution by infringing upon the fundamental right of parents to make decisions concerning the care, custody, and control of their children, infringing upon Texas physicians’ right of occupational freedom, and discriminating against transgender adolescents with gender dysphoria because of their sex, sex stereotypes, and transgender status. We couldn’t agree more, and look forward to continuing this fight.”

Read more about the lawsuit here.

GLMA will continue to fight for our members in the State of Texas and will continue to update you as the case moves forward. Please reach out to GLMA at for additional resources.

If you need immediate assistance, we encourage you to reach out to:

Lambda Legal Help Desk
ACLU TX Legal Assistance
Transgender Law Center