Republican State Rep. Brian Harrison of Midlothian hinted that he will be exploring “legislative remedies” to end taxpayer funding of LGBTQ and woke courses at Texas universities. 

The announcement was made in an X post yesterday in which Harrison blasted Texas A&M University for promoting woke ideology on campus with Texas tax dollars. 

“UPDATE: After discussions with @TAMU [Texas A&M University] leadership, they just confirmed that Texas A&M is spending state resources to assert that ‘gender and sexuality are socially constructed,’ that ‘transphobia’ has a ‘relationship to racism, colonialism, sexism, ableism, classism,’ and that they plan to continue spending tax dollars to maintain their undergraduate minor in LGBTQ studies,” he posted. 

“Outrageous,” Harrison continued. “Hard-working, over-taxed Texans should not be forced to pay for liberal indoctrination, and I will be exploring legislative remedies.”

This follows Harrison’s prior criticisms of the university last month for its promotion of a minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies. 

Texas Scorecard has investigated Texas A&M’s history of using taxpayer dollars to fund such courses. A document obtained by Texas Scorecard via public records request reveals that the university spent more than $5,700 on a course titled Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies.

The university also spent $8,700 of taxpayer funding on a course called The Economics of Gender and Race.

“What the hell is happening at my alma mater? If someone wants to study transgenderism, they should do it with their own damn money, not on the backs of hardworking Texans who are being taxed out of their homes,” Harrison told Texas Scorecard

“This is further evidence of the abject failure of the Texas House to rein in rogue and woke educational bureaucrats, and I’m in active discussions with legislators at the state and federal level on how to correct this next session,” Harrison continued. 

“However, there is nothing stopping the leadership of A&M from doing the right thing and ending this program today, as I’ve asked them to do,” he concluded.

Texas A&M is overseen by a Board of Regents, who are appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott and approved by the Texas Senate. 

Will Biagini

Will was born in Louisiana and raised in a military family. He currently serves as a journalist with Texas Scorecard. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for Campus Reform.