Children in Texas are being sexualized in many ways, from attending drag events to being force-fed puberty blockers and sterilizing cross-sex hormones. In response, grassroots organizations throughout the state are rising up, demanding an end to the sexualization of children.

Texas Family Project, the Texas GOP, and True Texas Project are fighting to put an end to it. These three organizations recently announced that ending “all-ages” and “family-friendly” drag shows is one of their top priorities for the 88th Legislative Session. Now they’re furthering their call to end the sexualization of children and urging the end to child gender mutilation.

True Texas Project announced they want chemical castration, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and genital mutilation surgery on all minor children to be defined as “child abuse” while “utiliz[ing] fines and license revocation for medical practitioners and insurance companies.”

Fran Rhodes, president of TTP said, “We at TTP want to clear all those gender modification things: illegalize child abuse [and] find penalties for the practitioners who do it and the insurance companies who fund it.”

TFP President Chris Hopper agrees, saying that one of TFP’s goals for the upcoming session is to help promote and author legislation to be enacted into laws that would “hold individuals and organizations accountable when they hurt the family.”

The Texas GOP list of filed legislation that would halt child gender mutilation includes: House Bill 888 by Shelby Slawson (R–Stephenville), House Bill 776 by Brian Harrison (R–Waxahachie), House Bills 41 and 122 by Steve Toth (R–The Woodlands), House Bill 42 by Bryan Slaton (R–Arlington), House Bill 672 by Cole Hefner (R–Mt. Pleasant), and Senate Bills 250 and 249 by Bob Hall (R–Edgewood).

Rhodes and Hopper both told Texas Scorecard that ending child gender mutilation has the highest probability of passing in the Texas Legislature this session.

“The whole sexualizing kids issue probably has the best chance [of being dealt with in the Legislature] because people are just so hot about that statewide. If we can bring enough grassroots pressure to bear on child gender mutilation, then it has a chance in the Legislature,” Rhodes said.

“We live in a day and age where we must take a stand and no longer turn a blind eye to blatant child abuse. From double mastectomy surgeries to – where it all starts – puberty blockers and cross sex hormones, we have to have this hard conversation regarding the innocent among us,” Hopper said.

In no conceivable situation should a minor be subjected to the use of said drugs that will have ramifications well into their 20s and 30s. We are crazy enough to believe that children are worth protecting and that the family should be the most powerful special interest group both in Austin and D.C.!

The 88th Legislative Session begins Tuesday, January 10.

Citizens can use Texas Scorecard’s Elected Officials Directory to contact their lawmakers.

Sydnie Henry and Katy Drollinger contributed to this report.

Soli Rice

A journalist for Texas Scorecard, Soli is a new Texan with a passion for politics. She's excited to hone her writing skills and help spread truth to Texans.