HOUSTON — As Texas lawmakers crack down on “woke” policies in higher education, the University of Houston runs an “LGBTQ Resource Center” on the taxpayers’ dime and promotes the ideology to faculty and staff.
The LGBTQ Resource Center is hosting a “Cougar Ally Training” for faculty, staff, and students on Friday, designed to “increas[e] their awareness of issues that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people face.”
According to the website, the goal of the training is to “increase the diversity training of staff and faculty at the University of Houston,” “provide factual information and dispel myths about LGBTQ individuals,” and “reduce homophobia and heterosexism on campus.”
“Allies” are then given a placard to display as a visible statement of support for the LGBT community.
The University of Houston has a high score of 4.5 stars from Campus Pride—an organization that rates universities on “LGBTQ friendliness”—putting the university on par with the notoriously left-wing University of California, Berkeley.
Notably, the “LGBTQ Resource Center” includes resources for obtaining “gender inclusive” housing, access to a speech and language clinic for “voice feminization or masculinization,” and information on name changes for “class rosters, grade rosters, student milestones, transcript notes, grade change requests, Microsoft Teams, and any printer friendly documents.”
The “transgender affairs” section also reveals that the University of Houston policy requires that students, faculty, and staff with gender identity dysphoria must be allowed to access school programs and activities that are exclusive to the gender they identify as.
Additionally, the LGBTQ Resource Center helps students obtain “student orientation overnight exemptions,” which are described as “an effort to make the New Student Orientation inclusive and welcoming for our newest transgender and gender diverse Cougars.”
The overnight exemption allows students access to housing and even become roommates with people of the opposite sex if it aligns with their “gender identity.”
The center has also announced that information for insurance-covered “transgender health”—which would include the provision of cross-sex hormones and genital mutilation—will be provided soon.
Brady Gray, the president of Texas Family Project, told Texas Scorecard, “Texas universities are in an all-out war against Texas families. It appears there is no limit to how far they are willing to go to indoctrinate our youth.”
He added, “These programs and departments serve no education value and are a waste of tax dollars. Texans should demand these entire departments be shut down.”
The University of Houston is run by a board of regents appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott and confirmed by the Texas Senate.