As more news comes out about educators teaching radical gender ideology to students, a new video shows a Texas high school teacher giving a lesson on transgenderism.

Lockhart High School is now under fire after parents found a video circulating on the community Facebook page in which a teacher can be heard instructing students about the term “transgenderism.”

Originally, the class was supposed to teach on healthy relationships, which would have covered instruction on dating violence, family violence, and sex trafficking. Lockhart High School partnered with the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center to teach the course with the guidance of the school’s School Health Advisory Council.

The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, located near Austin, has held strong views on implementing gender ideology into schools. In the center’s podcast, entitled “Outspoken,” the hosts discuss how important it is to implement LGBTQ topics in school curricula and say that parents’ values shouldn’t get in the way of what they want to teach.

In accordance with Senate Bill 9 passed last session, public schools are required to teach lessons to help prevent family violence, relationship violence, child abuse, and sex trafficking—however, the lesson taught at Lockhart High School also included gender ideology.

In the video, Lockhart High School teacher Amanda Diaz can be heard saying that “’transgender’ is when the doctor decided you are a certain gender based on what they assumed your outsides look like—and then later, it turned out that it wasn’t true.”

Lockhart ISD Superintendent Mark Estrada released a statement to parents in which he defended the course, adding that students were only allowed to participate in the presentation if their parents had signed a permission form.

However, Estrada failed to mention anything about the contents of the presentation.


House Bill 890 by State Rep. Keith Bell (R–Forney) would have made it easier for families to navigate school districts’ grievance process for resolving complaints. However, the bill died in the House.

As of now, Lockhart ISD says it has halted further presentations for all schools in the district and the course will be reviewed by the administration and the board.

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.