Ken Paxton accepted an invitation to have a dinner with an 8-year-old transgender boy MG Briggle. The boy’s mother explained. “I invited Attorney General Ken Paxton to sit down with our family and get to know his constituents and fellow Texans. I am pleased the attorney general took the time to visit with our family and to meet our son and to have a conversation with our family. We are Texans, just like everyone else. My most important job in life is being a mom, and my son and his safety are my top priority. Since the attorney general has never met an openly transgender child, Adam and I felt that it was important for him to meet our amazing son, so that he could put a face to this issue. We expressed to him that it is his job as attorney general to protect the rights of all Texans, including transgender kids like MG, and we hope that after meeting our family, he will see that these disciminatory lawsuits and actions put our child in danger and affect his ability to succeed in school.”
Her husband (MG’s father) went on: “I hope that this meeting can set a tone of civility for our public discussions about LGBT issues. The dinner table is where we gather to share and celebrate our common humanity — love and family, hopes and worries, laughter and tears. At our meal together, I think we all were reminded that behind the political disagreements there are genuine and caring human beings who are striving to do the right thing as best as they can see it. Sympathy is the wellspring of morality and it can only be cultivated through sincere and friendly conversations like we had last night. I’d like to encourage other LGBT families to invite public officials to dine with them, and I hope those public servants will follow the example that the Paxtons set by so graciously accepting our invitation.”
But even though Paxton accepted the invitation, it did not make him change his mind – Paxton continues supporting anti-LGBT laws.