Some public Texas universities are offering an LGBT training for students.
The Safe Zone Project is a two-hour long program that instructs students on how to include LGBT “philosophies” into their lives and then promote those values to the world.
According to the UT Tyler website, “The Safe Zone mission is to promote an environment where the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and their allies flourish intellectually, socially, and emotionally.”
However, the Safe Zone Project curriculum is not backed by actual evidence, as the organization claims that using evidenced-based curriculum is “not something that aligns with our goals for this project.”
The training calls for individuals to persuade their employers or the publications they work with to remove non-inclusive language from their material. Coercing people to attend their meetings and join the training is also encouraged.
“We fully endorse the use of light bribery to get those seats filled. Once you have ’em in the room, that’s when you get to do your thing!” the organization’s website reads.
The Safe Zone Project group also acknowledges that these teachings go against some people’s moral and social Christian backgrounds:
Safe Zone activities are, by their nature, challenging to the social and moral upbringing that participants have experienced.
In Texas’ taxpayer-funded colleges, these trainings are already being used to promote LGBT ideology.
UT Austin uses Safe Zone’s training to teach students how to “learn and practice describing the differences between assigned sex, gender identity, gender expression, [and] sexual orientation.” At UT Tyler, students participating in the Safe Zone Project read about “transgenderism” and do self-examinations, as well as read about policies and laws that affect the LGBTQ+ community.
Students are encouraged to apply these teachings when interacting with others and to spread LGBT ideas and visions across campus—and the state.
Each of Texas’ public university systems is overseen by a board of regents, appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott and confirmed by the Texas Senate.