As universities across Texas are being exposed for promoting “woke” ideology, the University of Texas is still advocating radical gender politics. 

The university’s Center for Women’s and Gender Studies offers a slew of courses about LGBTQ lifestyles and how to advocate for the queer and trans community. 

The department’s entry-level class, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, focuses on differentiating between sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Students are also told to recognize and critically examine gender privilege. 

In the last unit of the course—Privilege, Allyship, and Activism—students are told to read books such as “White Privilege, Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” “Dismantling Cissexual Privilege,” and “Cisgender and Heterosexual Privilege.” The readings are designed to help students become political advocates for left-wing causes and ideologies. 

In another class, Twentieth-Century United States Lesbian and Gay History, the sole focus is to teach students to “think critically about the central role of sexuality in shaping the 20th-century American culture.” The course encourages them to examine how gender, race, and class create “intersectional identities” for LGBT people. 

Included in the required reading list is “Gay Fatherhood,” which chronicles the lives of gay men learning “how to cope with political attacks from both the ‘family values’ right and the ‘radical queer’ left—while also shedding light on the evolving meanings of family in twenty-first-century America.” One assignment requires students to write a 2-3 page response paper assessing the content of the document and what inherent biases exist in it. 

Brady Gray, president of Texas Family Project, said these courses do not belong in taxpayer-funded institutions of higher education.

“Courses like these offer no educational value and serve only as platforms for ideologues to launch attacks at God-fearing Texans,” said Gray. “They drive division and seek to lead young adults further down a path of destruction.”

Other University of Texas syllabi and courses can be found here.

Christen Smith, the director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies department, has not responded to a request for comment. 

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.