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City of Fort Worth Cancels Event Featuring 'De-Transitioner'

The City of Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department canceled an event at which a person who has “de-transitioned” was scheduled to speak.

On April 20, Abel Garcia was set to speak at an event for the community sponsored by Latinos United for Conservative Action (LUCA) called “The Danger of Transgenderism.”

LUCA Texas State Executive Director Carlos Turcios told The Texan that the event had been scheduled for the Victory Forest Community Center, the deposit was paid, and all was approved by the City of Fort Worth weeks in advance.

Then on April 18, less than 48 hours before the event, the Park and Recreation Department contacted LUCA to tell them that the event “discriminates” and “violates” city policy.

According to an email from Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department Director Richard Zavala shared with The Texan, LUCA’s beliefs as stated on its website do not comply with the city’s policies and procedures for rentals.

Zavala cited a city policy that prohibits groups that have discriminatory policies from renting community centers, and promised to promptly process a ...