After the Tarrant County Commissioners Court voted to block funding to an organization that openly supports leftist ideology and advocates against pro-life legislation, Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker will now sit on its inaugural advisory committee. 

“Fort Worth is full of bright, capable young women, and when we come together to invest in their futures, their potential is limitless. I am glad to join in Girls Inc. of Tarrant County’s work to champion our girls and help put them on paths to successful futures,” said Parker.

Other notable advisory commission members are Arlington Mayor Jim Ross, Tarrant County Commissioner Roy C. Brooks, and Castleberry Independent School District Superintendent Renee Smith-Faulkner.

Girls Inc.—an organization that claims to serve girls in elementary through high schools—is known to support abortion and celebrate LGBT “pride” on its social media platforms. 

In one post on X, Girls Inc. wrote about celebrating LGBT “Pride” month saying, “This #PrideMonth, we’re celebrating the resilience, creativity, & contributions of the #LGBTQ2IA+ community, & reaffirming our commitment to creating a world where every girl can thrive, regardless of her sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Another post on Instagram celebrated “Transgender Awareness Week.” 

“It is Transgender Awareness Week, a time to celebrate and raise awareness of the transgender community through advocacy and education. Girls Inc. believes in creating diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments,” the post read.

Last year, Girls Inc. also posted its stance on abortion saying, “Girls Inc. believes that reproductive healthcare, including contraception and abortion services, should be available and accessible to all women.”

On the Girls Inc. of Tarrant County’s website, the organization notes that its programs are “open to all girls and does not discriminate based upon race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and / or religion.” 

Last year, the Tarrant County Commissioners voted against allocating more than $115,000 in state grants to Girls Inc. in a 3-2 vote. The three commissioners who voted against it said they were concerned about the messaging put on display by the national organization.

Tarrant County GOP Chairman Bo French told Texas Scorecard, “Most people see Fort Worth as a conservative stronghold, honoring and protecting our values. That is why it is so disappointing to see our Republican Mayor supporting an organization that celebrates killing babies and the Marxist agenda of ‘Pride’ month.”

“Fort Worth is at a crossroads. May 2025 will be our chance to course correct,” he added. 

Texas Scorecard contacted the City of Fort Worth about Parker sitting on the committee, but received no response by publication. 

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.