The proposed changes to Title IX would still give schools some flexibility to ban transgender athletes depending on age and sport.
The case marks one of the first known instances in which a conservative state has tried to apply the abortion ruling to other realms, just as LGBTQ advocates and others were afraid would happen.
South Carolina's governor signed into law a bill that would ban transgender students from playing girls' or women's sports in public schools and colleges.
The federal judge issued a preliminary injunction while a court challenge goes forward. The judge left in place other parts of the law that banned gender-affirming surgeries.
The ruling overturns an injunction barring state officials from following Abbott's directive to view treatments such as hormones and puberty-blocking drugs as incidents of child abuse.
A survey found rising rates of suicidal thought, as well as significant disparities among trans youth and LGBTQ youth of color.
State lawmakers also passed a separate measure prohibiting early classroom instruction on sexual and gender identity, a bill critics have dubbed "Don't Say Gay."
As lawmakers push forward with efforts to curb the rights of queer and trans youth, authors who've written about gender expansive and trans identities say storytelling is crucial.
The law says public school teachers may not instruct on sexual orientation or gender identity in grades kindergarten through third grade.
Austin's school district holds events to celebrate LGBTQIA+ students every year. Attorney General Ken Paxton says, "when it comes to sex education, parents—not school districts—are in charge."
Lawmakers voted to override GOP Gov. Spencer Cox's veto of legislation banning transgender youth athletes from playing on girls teams. The move comes amid a nationwide culture war over trans issues.
Eleven states have enacted transgender sports bans, though many have been snarled by lawsuits.
Fifteen states have enacted or are currently considering laws that would restrict medical treatments to more than 58,000 transgender youth.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott directed the state's Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate certain gender-affirming care as possible child abuse.
Many of these laws will be challenged, but it's not just about the threat of legal action. Studies have shown that LGBTQ youth already face higher health and suicide risks.