- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A prominent LGBT activist is upset with Pope Francis for rebuking the notion that people can “choose their gender.”

Sarah McBride, who became the first openly transgender person to address either party’s convention at the Democratic National Convention last week, said the pontiff’s comments were “incredibly disappointing.”

“The Pope’s comments about trans folk are incredibly disappointing and betray the larger message of love and inclusion that he preaches,” the LGBT activist said in a tweet Wednesday.

A transcript released Tuesday by the Vatican showed the pope lamenting the fact that progressive notions of gender are taught to schoolchildren.

“Today, in schools they are teaching this to children — to children! — that everyone can choose their gender,” the pontiff said, addressing a group of Polish bishops on a pilgrimage last week.

He called the idea “terrible” and said it represents the very “annihilation of man as the image of God.”

The pope blamed the issue in part on “ideological colonization” from “very influential countries” who endorse liberal concepts of gender. He did not mention which countries he had in mind.

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