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Fort Worth Church Ships Minors Out of State for Gender Surgeries

Galileo Church

Trans minors in DFW can now travel to other states for gender surgeries on the dime of the North Texas TRANSportation Network founded by LGBTQ-focused Galileo Church in Mansfield/Kennedale.

Galileo Church, whose members identify as “spiritual refugees” and “co-conspirators,” announced the arrival of NTTN on Twitter in late August “as a response to the 88th Texas State Legislature’s passage of SB14, signed into law by the governor in June 2023.”

The privately-funded organization requires “a referral from a non-profit organization or trusted professional” upon application in order to disburse the travel funds to the minor seeking surgery or hormone replacement therapy. $1,000 travel grants are sent through Zelle.

Texas Scorecard states that “because the law does not define child gender mutilation as child abuse, Galileo Church’s program does not explicitly violate the law.”

Galileo Church’s head pastor, Katie Hayes, told CBS “We started dreaming about what it would look like to put together a system where we could [simply] connect donors with families who need some financial help to seek that healthcare out of state, it's expensive to go get it.”

Katie Hayes has previously vocalized dissent against Governor Abbott on Twitter, sharing Tuesday’s letter from “Pastors for Texas Children” decrying private school vouchers.

On Twitter, Hayes has also sided with Metroplex Atheists against “Christian Nationalism,” and espoused conspiracy theories surrounding parents who want to keep critical race and gender theories out of public classrooms.

NTTN is only the latest of Galileo Church’s efforts to support trans inclusivity in DFW. Galileo Church founded Finn’s Place, a safe space that can be used for hosting events as well as classes for self-defense and mindfulness.

Galileo Church lists LGBTQ+ support as one of their top priorities in their missional statement: “We do justice for LGBTQ+ humans, and support the people who love them.” They also list care for neurodivergent individuals and a “no bullshit” approach to relationships. Hayes’ book For the Bible Tells Me So disdains a verse-by-verse approach to the Bible and instead seeks wider interpretations: “If we read the Bible as a whole — i.e. one unified, unfolding story of the church's discovery of God’s generosity — we can track a trend toward the inclusion of all people in God’s family of beloveds.”

Galileo Church is affiliated with Disciples of Christ.


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