Family of transgender child asks Texas AG to dinner; he says yes

Ken Paxton accepts dinner invitation from Denton family

DENTON -- As a character in Minecraft, 8-year-old MG Briggle knows exactly where to go and what to do.

“You have your own world, and you can build anything you want," he said.

Navigating the real world has been a lot more challenging, says his mother, Amber Briggle.

“He started expressing that he was a boy at the age of two, and we didn’t believe him," Mrs. Briggle told us. "He’s always known he was. It took us five years to get it.”

When Amber and Adam Briggle finally accepted their daughter Mary Grace actually self-identified as their son, ‘MG,’ they knew they had to find a solution regarding school restrooms. They found out MG was 'holding it' through the school day, because of rules and confusion over which restroom to use.

“It’s hard to concentrate when you are doing a pee-pee dance all day at school," Mrs. Briggle said.

They worked out an individual arrangement. But then, the whole transgender bathroom debate became a hot political issue.

Amber Briggle didn’t like that the Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and the Attorney General Ken Paxton took a position that would require MG to go to the girl’s bathroom. Amber took to social media as the debate raged.

“There’s so much anger and cruelty online, and we just want to break through all that," she said.

Amber directly invited the two leaders she disagreed with to come to dinner with her and her husband, their daughter Lulu, and their son, MG.

“I’m hoping this will put a human face to this," Amber Briggle said. "We didn’t choose this fight, but we are in it.”

Her husband didn’t think the invite would be taken seriously, but she did.

“I am stubborn," Amber told us. "I wasn’t going to let it drop.”

This week, there was good news and bad for the Briggles.

They got the call from the attorney general’s staff that he has accepted the dinner invitation. But they also saw the attorney general win a court injunction against the federal requirement that students be allowed to choose the restroom that matches their gender identity.

There’ll be plenty to talk about at that dinner, Adam Briggle says.

“The whole point is get to know each other and foster a culture of understanding around this issue. You can see, we are real people and you can get to know a child put in harm’s way because of a discriminatory injunction," he said. "I don’t think we are under any illusions that this will resolve the issue but [...] I hope it plants a seed in [Attorney General Paxton's] mind that every time he looks at a piece of legislation or legal action he might take, he will think of MG, and say, 'I can feel what that would feel like.'”

The Briggles believe that if two opposing sides can come together to eat, surely they can also come together to find a solution.

“That’s our hope. That’s our hope," Mrs. Briggle said.

"Maybe we’re idealists,” her husband added.

The attorney general’s office confirms the dinner will take place, but didn’t give any further details.

The invitation was also extended to Lieutenant Governor Patrick, whose office told News 8 that they weren’t aware of any plan for Patrick to attend.

© 2017 WFAA-TV


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