While universities across the state come under fire for replacing academics with radical gender ideologies, the University of Houston is sponsoring a conference promoting gender mutilation procedures for minors.

Later this week, Gender Infinity will host a two-day conference in Houston featuring talks on puberty blockers, sterilizing cross-sex hormones, and “feminizing surgeries.” The conference offers online sessions for professionals seeking continuing education credits on November 4 and in-person presentations for gender-confused youth and their families on November 5.

Gender Infinity is an organization targeting the southwestern United States that promotes “professional services and family engagement to support the health and development of gender diverse children.” The group also supports transgender ideology, which encourages individuals to act as the opposite sex.

“At Gender Infinity we believe in educating our attendees through the lens of justice for all trans people, because we know that trans equity cannot fully be completed until the most marginalized person has the right to equality and equity,” reads the organization’s website.

The organization also offers overnight camps for “gender expansive, transgender and intersex” youth ages 4 to 18, which includes gender neutral cabins. Additionally, Gender Infinity hosts “Family Gatherings,” where parents and minors are separated into age-based “facilitated discussion groups” focusing on gender ideology.

The first day of their 2022 conference is for medical workers and other professionals, with sessions on “Ethical Gender Care in the Primary Care Setting,” “Examining Gender Dysphoria and Fostering Euphoria,” and “Trans 101 for Mental Health Providers.” The event also features presentations on “feminizing” and “masculinizing” procedures, which surgically mutilate individuals to look like the opposite sex.

The conference’s second day is for families with children and features several closed sessions for teenagers ages 14-19. Parents and youth can also attend talks discussing puberty-blocking drugs and sterilizing cross-sex hormones in addition to sessions on “What’s Next for Trans Athletes?” “Let’s Talk About Abortion: Inclusiveness and Words Matter,” and “Gender 101.”

A partial list of sponsors for the conference includes the Transgender Education Network of Texas, Equality Texas, and the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work. Previously, UH sponsored the group’s 2019 conference at the gold level, one step below the top tier of support. Also included at the gold level in 2019 were Legacy Community Health and H-E-B’s Helping Here program.

In addition to transgender ideology, UH’s Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) promotes “centering the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color” and highlights the seven principles of “racial justice,” including “Equitable Access.”

“We believe that racial justice requires equitable access to opportunities and information; therefore, we commit to working towards policies, practices, and processes that share decision making, build capacity, expand racial, ethnic, and gender representation, and increase transparency and access to resources.”

The University of Houston is a public university overseen by the University of Houston System’s Board of Regents. Led by Chairman Tilman Fertitta, all members were appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott and confirmed by the Texas Senate.

Katy Drollinger

Katy is eager to use her skills in writing and research to accurately report on issues for Texas Scorecard. She graduated from Tarleton State University in 2021 after majoring in history and minoring in political science.

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