AUSTIN — As children in Texas face permanently disfiguring gender operations and homosexual adults face a high risk of disease, local governments across the state are endorsing the behaviors that cause those tragedies.

Earlier this month, national controversy arose as President Joe Biden’s administration allowed the U.S. Embassy at the Vatican to display a rainbow “pride” flag—the symbol used to promote LGBT sexual behavior—outside their building for the month of June.

“As a Catholic, I’m curious to know if the Biden-Harris Embassy in the Holy See will promote respect for Catholic teaching on family and freedom of conscience – or whether we can simply expect more political stunts like this,” tweeted Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts.

For Texans, similar stories are already happening much closer to home.

In Texas’ capital city, the Austin Police Department recently announced new official rainbow police uniform patches and hats, available to the officers during this month.

“Happy PRIDE Month to all who are celebrating!” the police department tweeted. “APD is the first police department in the State of Texas to adopt a PRIDE patch and we are excited that @Chief_Chacon has authorized APD personnel to wear these awesome hats and patches during the month of June.”

Citizens reacted to the announcement.

“What other sexual proclivities will you be supporting?” tweeted one individual.

“This is wrong. We don’t need a special class of citizens. We need to treat everyone the same,” wrote another.

“I love APD but literally NO ONE CARES ABOUT WHO YOU’RE HAVING SEX WITH!” a citizen tweeted. “Stop trying to please the left and focus on being the best cops you can be!”

“Austin Police Department should not be supporting any individual groups… Guaranteed if you support a religious group you would be crucified in the public,” tweeted one resident.

Austin isn’t the only place in the state promoting the behavior. Last year, the Dallas City Council approved a rainbow version of the city flag; earlier this month, the flag was hoisted over city hall, the police department, and Love Field airport for the month of June.

Additionally, the council voted last month to allow the flag to fly over any city-owned or city-operated building.

According to council members, Dallas is the only city in the nation with its own official rainbow flag.

The rainbow sexual behavior displays come as Texas children such as James Younger, a 9-year-old boy in the Dallas area, face potentially mutilating gender operations. James’ story drew the national spotlight after his mother, who told James he was actually a girl, wanted to force him—against his father’s wishes—to take sterilizing drugs and eventually castrate him.

The displays also come as men who engage in homosexual activity are at a significantly high risk of contracting serious diseases. According to the CDC, of the 1.2 million Americans in 2018 who had HIV—a non-curable virus that develops into AIDS—more than 740,000 were men who had relations with men.

On the national level, Republican U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene is currently co-sponsoring the Old Glory Only Act, which would require American diplomatic and consular buildings to fly only the U.S. flag.

“The reason why this is important is the American flag is the flag that represents every single American, we don’t need political identity politics, we don’t need the Democrat party making one group more important than the other,” Greene recently told Newsweek.

“The only flag that should fly over any of our U.S. embassies, over any of our federal buildings is Old Glory, the beautiful Stars and Stripes.”

Concerned citizens may contact their local elected officials.