After receiving responses to open records requests, State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City) released findings from an investigation led by his office revealing that public Texas medical schools have been teaching child gender modification.

“Repeatedly, the people of Texas have been told, ‘This kind of thing isn’t going on in Texas.’ And yet, the exact opposite is true,” Slaton said. “Not only are young children being subjected to barbaric gender-modification practices like surgeries and puberty-blocking drugs on a daily basis, but these practices are being taught to the next generation of doctors in some of our public medical schools.”

The University of North Texas (UNT) is among the schools revealed to be teaching the practice, with UNT’s Pharmacy 7205 class currently teaching “advanced skills in providing pharmaceutical care to the LGBT community.”  

In Galveston, the University of Texas Medical Branch also admitted that drugs such as testosterone and estrogen have been administered for gender-transition purposes within the context of an internal-medicine clerkship—a period of medical education where a student practices medicine under the guidance of a health practitioner. 

In Dallas, UT Southwestern offered an “Adolescent and Young Adult Transgender Care” course, where students have an “in-depth educational experience working with transgender youth and adults.” The university also admitted that students observed mastectomy or breast augmentation procedures related to gender transitions. The school also has worked directly with the notorious GENECIS Clinic, which performed gender mutilation procedures and hormone “therapy” on children. 

While many schools have tried to hide their programs that support the mutilation of children, Slaton says additional investigations are needed and the programs ought to be removed.

The revelation that some of these practices are being taught in public medical schools is abhorrent. Additional investigation into these medical schools should be done so that the people of Texas can have an even clearer idea of what their tax dollars are supporting. No one in their right mind believes that surgically removing healthy body parts and ingesting an unnatural amount of hormones and drugs is the right answer to a mental condition. I am calling for a swift end to these bogus and harmful medical practices, and look forward to my colleagues joining me in this common-sense fight.

The Republican Party of Texas made banning child gender mutilation a legislative priority, as well as putting an end to “chemical castration, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, genital mutilation, bodily alteration surgery, psychological/social transitioning, and any other methods applied to or performed on children.”

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.