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Paxton Sought Data on Gender Changes to State IDs

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Attorney General Ken Paxton | Image by Tony Gutierrez/AP

Earlier this year, Attorney General Ken Paxton requested that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) compile a database of all individuals in the state that have changed their gender on their driver’s license and other records controlled by the law enforcement agency for the last two years.

Email records obtained through a public records request by The Washington Post revealed that on June 30, the DPS driver’s license division chief, Sheri Gipson, passed on the request to the appropriate staff.

“Need total number of changes from male to female and female to male for the last 24 months, broken down by month,” Gipson wrote. “We won’t need DL/ID numbers at first but may need to have them later if we are required to manually look up documents.”

Reports indicate that the initial query of records produced over 16,000 gender changes over that period. DPS officials then determined that a manual review of the records was necessary to better understand the reason for each requested change.

Records indicate that DPS staff struggled to narrow the 16,466 records down to only those that were altered to reflect a court-ordered change in someone’s gender.

While some have speculated that the move was somehow a prelude to the targeting of individuals who have sought to legally change their gender, others suggest that the request was more likely related to an effort to understand the magnitude of court-ordered gender changes of minors. This latter explanation may have support in the fact that Texas legislators filed State Bill 162, not yet passed, to prevent the change of gender on birth certificates of minors.

Gipson emailed staff on August 4, stating, “We have expended enough effort on this attempt to provide data. After this run, have them package the data that they have with the high-level explanations and close it out.”

Two weeks later, communications records indicate that DPS had “provided the data request by the AG’s office (attached).”

DPS spokesman Travis Considine told The Washington Post that the request for this information was made verbally and, in the end, the state law enforcement agency never actually turned over anything to the attorney general’s office.

“Ultimately, our team advised the AG’s office the data requested neither exists nor could be accurately produced. Thus, no data of any kind was provided,” Considine claimed.

According to reporting, Paxton and the attorney general’s office have thus far not responded to requests for comment.

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J S
J S
1 month ago

He’s a self serving neo nazi that continues to go unpunished for all his alleged crimes and crimes he hasn’t been accused of formally. Meanwhile he just abuses his power to ensure he never faces justice or legal proceedings

Sam
Sam
Reply to  J S
1 month ago

what else do you like about him?

Megan
Megan
Reply to  Sam
1 month ago

#Salmon

Concerned Voter
Concerned Voter
Reply to  J S
1 month ago

J S should be banned for at least a month. Calling Paxton a “Neo Nazi” is a violation of the Dallas Express moderation policy.

Bill
Bill
Reply to  J S
1 month ago

You do realize that the real Nazis were socialist that ran on a platform of a living wage, a job for everyone, environmentalism, and nationalized healthcare don’t you? My grandfather grew up in Germany and watched the rise of the National Socialist Workers Party firsthand and discussed it at length with me my entire life until he passed away in 97′.

William Danielson
William Danielson
Reply to  J S
1 month ago

Sounds like Benedict Donald!

Megan
Megan
Reply to  J S
1 month ago

Just saying bmhbut he has the same. Last name as me just sayingg

Jill Lawson
Jill Lawson
1 month ago

Who protects the people from these continual unconstitutional offenses when there committed by the very people who are supposed to protect us?

Djea3
Djea3
1 month ago

It is WELL within the purview of the AG to assure that all records were changed within the letter of the law. Certainly NO PERSON should EVER be able to change their birth gender documentation without a court order. We KNOW that SOME government actors (employees) subvert the law by taking some actions in defiance of law. This is now shown and proven by Twitter.

Reviews with findings of UNLAWFUL changes to documents could result in termination of employment of some government actors and or criminal charges against certain people. The AG should be looking into this issue as it IS HIS JOB.

Actually, the records should always reflect gender at birth. This is something that truly can never change genetically. Loss of that information could possibly interfere with law enforcement and have other long term negative results for society.

People are not fish, some of which actually do change sex as part of the life cycle; however those fish do not change genetically only physically as that change is part of their genetics. That simple.

Rex Cumming
Rex Cumming
Reply to  Djea3
28 days ago

Are you aware that 1.3% of babies born, out of 1000 each year, are born “intersex?” News outlets seldom feature this fact. When children are born intersex (that means they have both organs or a combination or part of both) the child is in an ambiguous place gender wise. Throughout recent history parents and/or doctors have made a random decision for the child. Sometimes that results in surgery. As the child grows they can become increasingly aware of their own internal gender and might need to right the wrong. So let’s be considerate of this topic and keep peeping Paxton out of their lives. It’s difficult enough without having the powerful force of a wrong-spirited government entity recklessly trying to harm or force these children into something they are not. You say “no one” should be able to change the gender..well, yes, that would be a good start. Stop deciding the gender of children that are intersex and otherwise. Instead support them in their decision as they grow. That’s what we see healthy parents doing, while Paxton is trying to force them to change to what he wants them to be. Paxton of all people!

Jim Higbee
Jim Higbee
1 month ago

He should know of all people with a mental disorder!

Megan
Megan
Reply to  Jim Higbee
1 month ago

Why. discreaminating against those not as smart as you?

Lanie
Lanie
1 month ago

Isn’t this information private? It should be no ones business who has had a gender change except the person it happened to. It is definitely not any of Paxton’s business. How he was re-elected to office is shocking to me when the man is a criminal. He shouldn’t be in office.

Concerned Voter
Concerned Voter
Reply to  Lanie
1 month ago

A drivers license is the most widely used legal government document used to prove a person is who they say they are. Legal action should be required to change any identifying information such as sex, date of birth, etc.

Bill
Bill
Reply to  Lanie
1 month ago

Once you have the state alter records it’s absolutely the states business since the state is in the business of maintaining those records.