With Texas’ next legislative session less than four months away, the Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) is preparing families with “transgender or gender expansive (TGE) loved ones” to promote divisive gender ideology to lawmakers.

The organization is dedicated to “furthering gender-diverse equality in Texas” and encourages activists to pressure lawmakers into passing legislation supporting transgender ideology.

“Here at TENT, we are ashamed that the state of Texas fails to give equality to our transgender siblings,” wrote the group. “We are tired of seeing anti-trans and ant[i]-LGBTQ rhetoric spring up legislative session after session and want to see our state legislature stop wasting our time and money on discrimination… we are urging Texans to call on their legislators to not only vote against any and all anti-LGBTQ legislation but vote for proactive policy that recognizes the humanity and equality of transgender Texans.”

TENT offers resources and volunteer opportunities for supporters, including writing letters to the editor of their local paper and creating a “Love Letter to Trans People.” They also provide a Pronoun Guide, encouraging people to accept “Ze/Hir” as common pronouns and proclaiming “there is an infinite amount of pronouns, including neopronouns and individuals who don’t use pronouns.”

TENT is also planning a “Family Tour,” where the organization will travel across the state and teach transgender activists about getting involved in the Texas legislature. Over the next few months, TENT will host several weekend-long events in Dallas, McAllen, Houston, and West Texas where families attend sessions preparing them to advocate for divisive gender ideology legislation during the 2023 session.

The event features lessons on the legislative process, engaging in advocacy work, storytelling skill-building, and “overall comprehension of compounding issues the trans community faces.”

These sessions will give you a better understanding of the legislative session and processes as well as hopefully make you more comfortable participating in those processes. Regardless if it is local or state government, it’s important to know how to advocate for yourself and loved ones.

TENT Board Member Erika Richie posted the event on social media and called for families to get involved.

“Friends, this is a great opportunity for new families to learn more about the Texas [lege] and for veteran families to refresh and recharge,” wrote Richie. “TENT will be in 4 major cities to make the traveling a little bit easier for you… Don’t miss out in this amazing opportunity to learn in a friendly environment.”

Additionally, the organization promotes child gender mutilation, which often includes providing children with sterilizing puberty-blocking drugs and cross-sex hormones as well as surgical procedures like breast augmentations—cutting off girls’ healthy breasts—for “gender transition” purposes.

TENT also offers a “Parent Resource Folder,” which includes instructions on how to handle a Child Protective Services investigation. Included in the resource folder is a pamphlet for school-aged children, advising them to tell CPS “no one is sexually abusing me.”

As TENT spreads divisive gender ideologies across the state and prepares transgender activists for the 2023 legislative session, Republican lawmakers will have to decide if they will prioritize legislation preventing the indoctrination of Texas children and protecting them from these life-altering mutilation procedures.

Katy Drollinger

Katy is eager to use her skills in writing and research to accurately report on issues for Texas Scorecard. She graduated from Tarleton State University in 2021 after majoring in history and minoring in political science.

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