As citizens across the state raise concerns about the sexualization and indoctrination of Texas children, the City of Dallas is sponsoring a leftwing activist group that organizes LGBT programming for kids and teenagers.

Resource Center, which operates in North Texas, aims to empower “the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQIA+) communities” and encourages citizens to advocate for the LGBT movement. The group also focuses on “numerous municipalities, companies and other organizations adopt LGBTQIA+-inclusive policies for employees and residents.”

The organization also provides activities for “LGBTQIA+” youth as a part of its Youth First Texas program, which claims to be “one of the only LGBTQIA+-focused programs in North Texas that addresses the challenges LGBTQIA+ teens face at home, school and in the community.”

One activity the group offers is a weekly Gender Identity Night where children ages 12 to 18 meet with “transgender adult mentors” and discuss coming out, relationships, and self-love. Resource Center also hosts a Queer Youth of Color (QYOC) Night advertised as a support group for minors to talk about representation and “embracing your identities.”

The organization also hosts a monthly “Queer Sex Ed” group, where teens meet over Zoom and discuss “things not always talked about in conventional sex ed like trans anatomy, consent and more.” The program’s facilitator, Libby Crank, highlighted how the group equips teens for activism:

We also wanted to teach younger people about the power of peer education. Because if you can feel confident and empowered enough to teach others about sex ed, that is actively reducing the stigma around sex in general. We intend to teach queer youth sex ed and give them the tools to go out into the world and educate others and advocate for themselves.

Resource Center also links to Q Chat Space, a chat-based live discussion group for youth ages 13 to 19. Teens can join chat groups on topics ranging from “Choosing My Name,” “Queer Interracial Dating,” and a sex education group encouraging individuals to “ask questions and learn how to care for your trans and non-binary body.” A “quick escape” bar is present on every Q Chat Space webpage, which, if clicked, switches the screen to the Google homepage so teens can hide their participation in the group from their parents.

The organization lists several sponsors for their youth program, including McDonald’s, Texas Instruments, and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA).

The office manages the Moody Performance Hall and several cultural centers around the city, in addition to funding nonprofit organizations through grant programs. The OCA works to “foster the development of the cultural system in Dallas” and promotes its vision for Dallas as “a city of people whose success and well-being are not pre-determined by their race, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, social status, zip code, or citizenship status.”

As public scrutiny intensifies, the city of Dallas will have to decide if using taxpayer dollars to fund organizations advancing radical gender ideology is in the best interest of its citizens.

Katy Marshall

Katy graduated from Tarleton State University in 2021 after majoring in history and minoring in political science.