“This is Texas. These are not Texas values, these are not Republican Party values, but obviously these are Greg Abbott’s values. That’s why we need a change. That’s what my campaign is about,” Huffines said.
While DFPS would not say whether Huffines’ comments were the reason for the Texas Youth Connection website to be disabled and the “Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation” section removed, an email exchange between DFPS staff reveals concerns about the comments from Huffines through the website and discussions regarding the revision or removal of the website.
At the request of CNN, DFPS spokesman Patrick Crimmins issued a statement stating, “The website was shut down a few weeks ago for a content review that is pending.”
Crimmins also provided copies of the August 31 email exchange with the subject: “Don Huffine’s video accusing the government / DFPS of promoting liberal transgender agendas.”
In an email, DFPS media specialist Marissa Gonzales told Crimmins, “This is starting to explode on Twitter. It refers to a section on the Texas Youth Connection website called ‘Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation’. “
Crimmins responded by adding Darrell Azar, DFPS Web & Creative Services Director, to the email, saying, “Darrell – please note that we may need to remove this page or do some sort of revision … who is managing CPS or how? does content sharing work? What is our specific role? “
In his response, Azar said, “The program owns the content and decides what resources it offers young people.”
Azar also acknowledged that they “have had some LGBTQ-related content 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 full review of its contents. This is done to ensure that their information, resources and referrals are up to date. “
Huffines said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday, “We’re not surprised that government employees loyal to Greg Abbott have had to pull themselves together after we called out their perverted promises.”
“Any adult who pushes the perverse LGBTQ agenda on our children will be promptly removed from all positions within the Texas government,” added Huffines, a former state senator.
CNN asked Abbott for comment. His office did not immediately respond to CNN’s request.