HealthcareStatewide NewsRep. Slaton Finds Texas Medical Schools Teach Child Gender Modification to Students

Syllabuses for the listed courses confirm the allegations in Slaton's press release. One syllabus includes understanding "puberty suppression, gender-affirming hormone therapy, surgical options, and mental health support."
August 25, 2022
Rep. Bryan Slaton (R-Royse City) explained in a press release on August 24 that public medical schools in Texas are teaching child gender modification to students. 

In the press release, he wrote, “Repeatedly, the people of Texas have been told ‘this kind of thing  isn’t going on in Texas.’ And yet, the exact opposite is true.”

“Not only are young children being subjected to barbaric gender-modification practices like surgeries and puberty-blocking drugs on a daily basis, but these practices are being taught to the next generation of doctors in some of our public medical schools,” Slaton continued.

He cites multiple Texas medical school courses that teach child gender modification, including the University of North Texas’ “Pharmacy 7205.” The class description reads, “This course will provide students with the opportunity to learn advanced skills in the provision of pharmaceutical care to the LGBT persons in a variety of practice settings.”

He also cited a University of Texas (UT) Southwestern class titled, “Adolescent and Young Adult Transgender Care.” 

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A publicly available course information document reads, “Medical students will have an in-depth educational experience working with transgender youth and adults.”

“The experience will consist of a mixture of patient care experience at Children’s Health Dallas and offsite clinical locations.”

Slaton also asserted that UT Southwestern medical students also have “direct engagement with the notorious GENECIS clinic.” 

The Gender Education and Care, Interdisciplinary (GENECIS) program has been heavily criticized by conservative Republicans. The clinic stopped accepting patients after an investigation by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services into their work with child gender modification.

In a statement following the closing, GENECIS officials claimed the move was to “offer a more private, insulated experience for patients and their families.”

However, in May 2022, an appellate court ruled in favor of clinic founder Ximena Lopez, who sued following the investigation. The court ruled that the clinic cannot stop doctors from medically transitioning children.

Slaton concluded his press release with a call for action, saying, “Additional investigation into these medical schools should be done so that the people of Texas can have an even clearer idea of what their tax dollars are supporting.”

“I am calling for a swift end to these bogus and harmful medical practices, and look forward to my colleagues joining me in this common-sense fight.”

A copy of one of the course syllabuses can be found below.


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Hudson Callender is a reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of San Antonio, Texas. Hudson recently graduated cum laude from Trinity University with majors in Economics and Political Science, and loves to study ancient history. Hudson is also an avid mountaineer, backpacker, and paddler, often leading trips to remote wilderness areas. Outside of his love for nature, history, and Lone Star beer, Hudson spends his weekends arguing with his friends about football, and will always stick up for the Baylor Bears, Dallas Cowboys, and San Antonio Spurs.