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Listen in, Lubbock: Transgender Texans targeted by statewide anti-trans policies

Sarah Self-Walbrick
Texas Tech Public Media
People gather for a vigil honoring Cypress Ramos, a trans woman who was murdered in Lubbock recently.

The murder of a local trans woman has caused Lubbock’s LGBTQ community to question their own safety. Meanwhile, statewide transgender Texans have been a constant target for conservative lawmakers in Texas. What impact does this have on the already disparaged community?


Sarah Self-Walbrick, senior reporter, Texas Tech Public Media

Sara Willa Ernst, health reporter, Houston Public Media

Helpful Links:

As Texas moves to treat gender-affirming care for trans kids as ‘child abuse,’ families and advocates worry about the future, from Sara Will Ernst at Houston Public Media

Texas investigates parents of transgender teen, prompting a lawsuit, from Sneha Dey at the Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott's letter declaring gender-affirming treatments child abuse.

Biden condemns Texas investigations into parents of transgender minors, from NBC news

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Kaysie Ellingson is the former news director for Texas Tech Public Media. She came to Lubbock after living in Anchorage, Alaska, working as a documentary producer for Alaska Public Media. Prior to working in public media, Kaysie earned her master's degree in journalism from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in documentary production.