A story by Disney-owned ABC News that profiled families leaving red states over their transgender surgery laws, including one set of parents who claimed they knew their child was transgendered at age 3, has generated significant discussion and criticism since its publication on Sunday.
ABC News reported on a Texas couple who said their three-year-old son – now aged seven – announced “I’m a girl person” and asked at that point to be their daughter, coincidentally on “National Daughters Day.” The couple is leaving Texas because of the state announcing its intention to pursue child abuse investigations against people who seek “gender-affirming care” for their children.
“Her family is not alone. Across the country, advocacy groups say some families are packing up and moving out of their home states that have implemented anti-LGBTQ legislation to get to a place with greater protections for the community, according to queer advocacy groups nationwide,” ABC News reported.
The story also touted Washington state as a “safe space” for LGBTQ families from states like Texas under Gov. Gregg Abbott, R., and Florida, which recently banned gender transitions for minors, under Gov. Ron DeSantis, R.
“Governor DeSantis has led the way in protecting children from harmful mutilation in the name of radical gender ideology,” press secretary Bryan Griffin told Fox News Digital. “No leader in America has done more on this issue. It is illegal in Florida to perform sex changes on children or give them chemical hormone or puberty blocker treatments for gender dysphoria. No matter if he has to fight the Biden Administration, deep-pocketed advocacy groups, or woke corporations, Governor DeSantis will always stand up for families and children in the face of the left’s gender ideology onslaught.”
The story itself took on a sharply negative tone toward DeSantis and other conservatives who have passed legislation that has angered the LGBTQ community, and it also raised eyebrows with its credulous reporting on the young transgender girl featured in the story whose parents asserted was wise beyond her years.
“ABC pushing this is an attempt to change cultural norms in a very negative way,” comedian Tim Young told Fox News Digital. “Stories like these should not be covered with any sense of legitimacy and should be called out for how absurd and dangerous they are.”
Seattle radio host Jason Rantz quipped that if people always took the feelings of three-year-olds as “serious and permanent, we’d have a lot of cowboys and superheroes as adults.”
ABC News didn’t reply to a request for comment.