Last weekend, thousands of Texas public school administrators and school board members converged on San Antonio for the annual Texas Education Conference (txEDCON22), where the American Civil Liberties Union pushed the transgender issue on attendees, according to one Houston-area school board member.
txEDCON22, hosted by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)––taxpayer-funded lobbying groups for school officials that oppose school choice—presented workshops on a multitude of topics, from responding to parent concerns over controversial curriculum to “equity issues” and transgender students.
Fort Bend ISD trustee David Hamilton highlighted one workshop titled “Transgender Students in Texas: What You Need to Know” on Twitter this weekend.
I’m at the Texas Association of School Boards convention, and in this session.
ACLU is trying to force Texas public schools to allow boys in girls’ locker rooms, showers, restrooms, and athletics.
They had a biological girl who IDs as a boy speak, because that appeals better. pic.twitter.com/MFDlhwRZrn
— David Hamilton, FBISD School Board Trustee (@Hamilton4TX) September 24, 2022
Hamilton said, “ACLU is trying to force Texas public schools to allow boys in girls’ locker rooms, showers, restrooms, and athletics. They had a biological girl who IDs as a boy speak, because that appeals better.”
At a Fort Bend ISD school board meeting earlier this month, Hamilton spoke out against the practice of affirming the “gender confused” at the cost of other students’ privacy.
“We have a responsibility to try to make sure that accommodating student A does not infringe on the rights of student B.”
Hamilton continued, saying, “I am very much in favor of protecting our girls in restroom showers, and locker rooms, and on their sports teams, and making sure that the desire to accommodate certain students does not infringe on the rights of our female students in those capacities.”
Brian Klosterboer, staff attorney for ACLU of Texas, and Adri Perez, policy and advocacy strategist for ACLU of Texas, led the workshop. The program description says:
“Texas is home to thousands of transgender students, and school districts large and small are striving to ensure safety and success for every student. During this session, you will hear directly from transgender, nonbinary, and gender diverse students about their experiences in Texas public schools and challenges they face in areas such as names and pronouns, bullying, access to restrooms, sports, and dress codes.”
Perez, who identifies as “unapologetically queer, trans” and whose Twitter bio includes they/them pronouns, championed the ACLU-led sessions.
We presented two sessions at #txEDCON22, in the same building where I won honorable mention at the state science fair as a middle schooler. It’s surreal sometimes to know I’ve overcome so much to be here. I am so grateful to @bklosterboer and the @ACLUTx for these opportunities. pic.twitter.com/sqoGubTNqa
— Adri Pèrez (they/them) (@AdriPerezTX) September 24, 2022
Mark Cantu, deputy superintendent for Seguin ISD, also took to Twitter, highlighting a slide by the ALCU presentation with statistics from The Trevor Project claiming, “Trans and nonbinary youth who reported having their pronouns respected by all or most of the people in their lives attempted suicide at half the rate of those whose pronouns weren’t respected.”
Cantu said, “We have a choice to support and respect all students, and when we choose to do so, we save lives.”
Thus, the ACLU-led workshop took a biological female experiencing gender dysphoria and currently identifying as male into a conference hall to tell educators they need to support gender-confused youth by affirming their confusion, including in sports and locker rooms. If educators fail to address students by preferred pronouns and affirm their confusion, they are made to feel responsible for students’ suicide attempts through incomplete data from a far-left nonprofit.
The state of Texas requires a certain amount of continuing professional education hours for school administrators and school board members, and these hours are often completed at education conferences like txEDCON22.
Therefore, Texas taxpayers spent thousands of dollars this past weekend funding travel, lodging, and conference tickets for their school administrators to complete professional education hours on issues of “equity” and transgender ideology.