Another public university in Texas is promoting radical gender ideology and enabling gender-confused young adults.

The University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law regularly hosts workshops where law students help transgender individuals fill out paperwork to change their name and gender on official documents.

UNT Dallas offers “Experiential Learning” opportunities for students that “facilitate learning outside of the classroom, require meaningful interactions with faculty and other students, [and] encourage collaboration with diverse others.” Students at the College of Law can work with the university’s Community Lawyering Center to earn Experiential Learning hours, which count as community service.

One recurring Experiential Learning opportunity is a free online “Name Change and Gender Marker Workshop,” where individuals who claim to be the opposite sex receive pro bono legal advice from UNT Dallas law students working with licensed attorneys. Additionally, the students help individuals obtain and fill out the required documents. In 2022, the university hosted this event at least five times, with the last workshop being held December 7.

The university hosts the event with the Resource Center, a local organization that “pursues societal equity by proudly offering LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, plus) affirming resources.” The group also provides a directory of medical professionals offering “gender affirming care,” which includes sterilizing cross-sex hormones and invasive cosmetic surgeries used to make someone appear like the opposite sex.

Under Texas law, individuals who wish to change their name or gender must file a petition with their county’s district court to obtain a court order, which is often viewed only as a formality. They can then alter their driver’s license, social security card, bank account, birth certificate, or health insurance information with the court order.

However, gender markers, which designate a person’s biological sex, are more difficult to change. No law clarifies which documents are needed to change gender markers, meaning the decision is left up to individual judges across the state. Although some judges will not approve gender marker changes, others simply require recommendation letters, proof of surgical transition, or confirmation of long-term hormone therapies as adequate evidence.

UNT Dallas is not the only Texas university promoting these kinds of workshops to students. The University of Texas at Dallas advertises the UNT Dallas workshop through its Galerstein Gender Center, and last month, the University of Texas at Austin School of Law organized the “Texas Law Gender Affirmation Project,” where law students worked pro bono to help transgender individuals change their personal details on state documents.

University of North Texas at Dallas is a public university overseen by the University of North Texas System’s Board of Regents. All nine members of the board 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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