“This is Texas. These are not Texas values, these are not Republican Party values, but these are clearly Greg Abbott’s values. That’s why we need a change. That’s my campaign,” Huffins said.
While the DFPS would not say whether Huffins’ comments were the reason for disabling the Texas Youth Connection website and removing the “Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation” section, an email exchange between DFPS employees about Huffins’ comments about the site and its Discloses a concern about discussions. Modification or removal of the Site.
At CNN’s request, DFPS spokesman Patrick Crimmins provided a statement, saying “the site was disabled several weeks ago for content review, which is still ongoing.”
Crimmins provided copies of an August 31 email exchange with the subject line: “Don Huffins video accuses government/DFPS of advancing liberal transgender agenda.”
In an email, DFPS media expert Marissa Gonzales told Crimins, “It’s starting to fly on Twitter. She’s referring to a section on the Texas Youth Connection website called ‘Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation’.”
Crimins responded to the email by adding Darrell Azar, director of DFPS Web and Creative Services, “Darrell – please note that we may need to take that page down, or modify the content in some way.” … who manages for CPS, or how does content approval work? What is our specific role?”
In his response, Azar said, “Policy owns the program content and decides what resources it provides to the youth.”
Azar also confirmed that he has had “some LGBTQ-related material for as long as I can remember. However, the current content is only a few years old.”
The next day, Azar emailed that the website had been “temporarily disabled for a comprehensive review of its content. This is being done to ensure that its information, resources and referrals are current.”
“We are not surprised that state employees loyal to Greg Abbott had to scramble after ending their perverse actions. I promised Texans that I would get rid of that website,” Huffins said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday. and I kept him a promise.”
“Any adult who advances a perverted LGBTQ agenda on our children will be immediately removed from all positions in Texas government agencies,” said Huffins, a former state senator.
CNN has reached out to Abbott for comment. His office did not immediately respond to CNN’s request.