LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)-- — As Pride celebrations took place, an official document from the Vatican rejected the idea that people can choose their own gender.
The documents strong language was quickly condemned by LGBTQ advocates. The document said that gender theory is a "provocative display against so-called 'traditional frameworks'," and "similar theories aim to annihilate the concept of nature."
A Kentucky-based Catholic group stated that they see the document as a "starting point" to more conversation.
"Even though some of its language is pretty offensive - it's looking for a path to go forward in understanding our transgender sisters, brothers, persons," claimed Fortunate Families Executive Director Stan "J.R." Zerkowski.
Fortunate Families is a local group that says they're trying to build a bridge between the Catholic Church and the LGBTQ community. Zerkowski said the documents shows that the church is slowly evolving, because years ago, this topic wouldn't have even been discussed. He believes that despite the harsh language, he views this document as an opening to teach church leaders about the LGBTQ community.
"It is unfortunate - the language that was used in this document - but nonetheless it opens a door and if both parties slam the door, we stalemate and we're not going to go forward," he said.