archers carry a rainbow flag in the LA Pride Parade on June 8, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.

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Bay Area Dismisses Vatican's Position On Gender Transition

Tim Ryan
June 11, 2019 - 6:57 am

Members of the LGBTQ community in the Bay Area reacted angrily to the Vatican issuing a document on Monday that rejected the idea of transitioning from one gender to another. 

The document puts in writing what the Catholic Church has been saying — that people cannot choose their gender or change it. The publication came during LGBTQ Pride Month with some calling it harmful and contributing to hatred, bigotry and violence against gay and transgender people.

"It does cause not just distress but I think it also tacitly supports violence against LGBT people, particularly transgender,' said Tom Ammiano, a former San Francisco supervisor and state assemblyman, who advocated for LGBTQ rights. 

Samuel Garrett-Pate, a spokesman for Equality CA, said the church's official position put it at odds with the beliefs of many Catholics in the U.S.

"There are millions of Catholics all across the country who support and embrace LGBT people," said Garrett-Pate. "There are leaders within the church here in the US who support and embrace LGBT people"

The Archdioceses of Oakland and San Francisco declined to comment to KCBS Radio.