As gender ideology continues to spread through Texas’ government schools, a Houston high school has come under fire for a psychology assignment dedicated to promoting transgender ideology. 

Students at Santa Fe High School enrolled in a dual-credit college-level psychology course were given an assignment using an online tool called the “Genderbread Person” in which students were asked to analyze aspects of gender. 

The diagram describes differences between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual orientation. It explains that gender identity is “how you, in your head, think about yourself. It’s the chemistry that composes you,” whereas biological sex “refers to the objectively measurable organs, hormones, and chromosomes.” 

The diagram also touches on gender expression, which it states is “how you demonstrate your gender through the ways you act, dress, behave, and interact.”

Shay Cundiff, a 17-year-old attending Santa Fe High School, said the assignment made her “feel uncomfortable and distasteful.”

“We had to fill out our information on a paper based off of what we identify as and what we’re sexually and romantically attracted to,” Cundiff told KPRC 2 News.

Cundiff also revealed that she and her classmates were asked to write an essay about how they felt about the lesson. She added that the teacher never talked about gender identity before the assignment which is why the assignment caught both her and her parents off guard. 

“I mean, she was just going through doing the assignment like her teacher instructed her to do, and unless my wife hadn’t seen what she was writing and started talking to her about it, we wouldn’t have really known,” said Shay’s father, Shad Cundiff.

The assignment also caught the attention of Republican State Sen. Mayes Middleton of Galveston who said he believes the assignment promotes minors receiving gender mutilative surgeries. 

“That is not right,” explained Middleton. “I’m looking at it with our State Board of Education members, and to me it sure looks like they’re advocating for something that’s illegal.”

Meanwhile, a Sante Fe Independent School District spokesperson said the district disagrees with the assignment, and it is not a part of the curriculum they teach in schools.

The College of the Mainland, which is responsible for the course and the assignment, acknowledged to KPRC 2 News that a complaint had been filed and they are investigating what specifically happened. 

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.