As “Pride” month drew to a close at the end of June, the City of Fort Worth used taxpayer dollars to host an event celebrating sexual identities. 

The event, hosted on city property, praised LGBT figures in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—and featured a performance by Jaime Esposito, who co-founded the LGBT musical group Spectrum Ensemble.

The city paid Spectrum Ensemble $700 to perform a 20-25 instrumental music performance. 

According to Spectrum Ensemble’s website, the group promotes organizations known to work to “transition” gender-confused children, as well as other youth organizations including The Trevor Project and Safe Schools Coalition that promote trans ideology to minors. 

Esposito’s organization also advertises that proceeds from their events go to LGBT organizations. 

Additionally, Spectrum Ensemble advertises and supports the LGBTQ+ Victory Fund, a political action committee that supports LGBT candidates. The Victory Fund actively supports many Texas Democrat lawmakers and candidates, including State Sen. Molly Cook of Houston, who wants to bring back abortion in the state; State Rep. Ann Johnson of Houston, one of the leaders of the impeachment of Attorney General Ken Paxton; and candidate Lauren Simmons, who successfully primaried the only Democrat in the Texas House to come out against child gender-mutilation surgeries. 

Esposito helped to create a list of tips for teachers to indoctrinate children into transgenderism and teach them about pronouns. One of the tips states, “Make your curriculum more inclusive. For example, you can teach about queer composers of the past such as Bernstein, Tchaikovsky, and Eastman.”

Alongside the performance by Spectrum Ensemble, multiple city employees from the Parks and Recreation, Libraries, Development Services, and Code Compliance departments put together a presentation about LGBT people in the STEM field.

One of the scientists they praised was a German doctor named Magnus Hirschfeld, who is known for founding the idea of transgenderism and normalizing gayness. His work included performing the first-ever genital mutilation studies in the 1930s—pioneering the way for gender confusion and child genital mutilation. 

Tarrant County GOP Chair Bo French told Texas Scorecard, “It is bad enough that the City of Fort Worth acknowledges the Marxist ‘pride’ movement, but it’s even worse when our taxpayer money is spent hosting them. They even went as far as to celebrate the founder of the child genital mutilation movement.”

“Where are our elected leaders? Why is our city council allowing this? Are they so spineless as to not put a stop to this?” questioned French. “My guess is, when more people see how feckless they are, there is going to be a groundswell to replace these weaklings, and in May 2025 we will have that opportunity.”

Texas Scorecard asked the City of Fort Worth why they used taxpayer dollars for the event. A city spokesperson responded, “No 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.