Planned Parenthood’s “Genderbread Person” is causing concerns in Texas, where at least one senator contends a lesson with the character at Santa Fe High School seems to be “advocating for something illegal.”

“It made me feel uncomfortable and distasteful,” Santa Fe junior Shay Cundiff told KPRC. “We had to fill out our information on a paper – based off what we identify as and what we’re sexually and romantically attracted to.”

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Cundiff said her teacher hadn’t discussed gender identity before issuing the Genderbread Person assignment as part of the 17-year-old’s dual enrollment college-level psychology course taught in collaboration with the College of the Mainland.

The assignment featured Planned Parenthood’s Genderbread Person, a cartoonish character designed to teach students as young as 5 years old about gender, with a breakdown of terms including “identity,” “expression,” “attraction,” and “sex.”

“Gender is one of those things everyone thinks they understand, but most people don’t,” the handout reads. “Gender isn’t binary. It’s not either/or. In many cases it’s both/and. A bit of this, a dash of that. This tasty little guide is meant to be an appetizer for gender understanding. It’s okay if you’re hungry for more after reading it. In fact, that’s the idea.”

Beyond gauging their own identity and sex, the “Genderbread Worksheet” included in the assignment tasked students at Santa Fe with composing a paper “about your gender identity & your thoughts/feelings/opinions about the Genderbread Person” by answering three personal questions about gender identity and students’ perspective on the lesson.

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“I didn’t agree with the point of views that were in the paper,” Cundiff said.

Neither did her parents.

“She was just going through doing the assignment like her teacher instructed her to do, and unless my wife hadn’t seen what she was writing and started talking to her about it, we wouldn’t have really known,” Shad Cundiff, Shay’s father, told KPRC.

Galveston Republican Sen. Mayes Middleton is now working with state officials to review the lesson, which he believes promotes illegal activity. Texas lawmakers last year outlawed gender transitions for minors.

“That is not right,” Middleton said. “I’m looking at it with our State Board of Education members and to me it sure looks like they’re advocating for something that’s illegal.”

The Genderbread Person is not new, and has been circulating in public school curriculums for about a decade with the help of Planned Parenthood and other LGBTQ+ activist groups. But growing parental concerns about inappropriate school lessons on gender identity in recent years, particularly among young students, has focused renewed criticisms on the confectionary character, which is now in its fourth iteration.

Earlier this month, Parents Defending Education highlighted the Genderbread Person in Oakland Unified School District’s classrooms for students as young as 10 years old.

“Oakland is similar to other districts in (California) and around the nation in its insistence on introducing young children to sexual topics that are neither age appropriate nor school appropriate,” PDE outreach director Erika Sanzi told The Lion. “This curriculum is steeped in gender ideology and pushes a world view on other people’s children to which the vast majority of parents do not subscribe.”

In Oakland, sixth-graders receive a lecture with the Genderbread Person on gender identity and sexual orientation that’s part of a broader curriculum that also includes instruction on lubrication, erections, ejaculations, and “wet dreams,” according to the news site.

The Genderbread Person’s appearance in the sex education curriculum for Uxbridge, Massachusetts eighth-graders also raised concerns among parents earlier this year, the New Boston Post reports.

Further digging by Massachusetts Informed Parents revealed other questionable materials in the full curriculum, including lessons about transgender lesbians, slideshows on the “Range of Gender Identities,” and videos featuring drag queens with names like Jiggly Caliente.