The Vatican just issued a declaration rejecting the concept of gender identity. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Matt McGorry hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. MORE TYT:

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“It’s Pride Month, and all over the world—sometimes defying government oppression—the LGBTQ community and their allies are celebrating, discussing, and fighting for awareness and acceptance.

So the Vatican thought this would be a good time to publish its first-ever paper (pdf) on the subject of gender science. The paper is titled, “Male and female he created them” and it further brings into question the reputation of Pope Francis as a reformer.

In recent years, scientists have come to agree that anatomy does not determine gender. Further, scientists agree now that gender should not be defined only in binary terms. Gender instead stretches along a vast continuum. In its paper, the Vatican rejects this notion, at one point calling the idea “fictitious,” and repeats antiquated beliefs that gender is either one thing or the other and nothing in between. The paper goes on to say that sexual orientation is a choice.

The paper outlines an education-centered strategy to oppose gender theories originating from what the Church critically labels “a strong emphasis on the freedom of the individual.” Catholics, the paper says, have a responsibility to promote teachings that reaffirm the value of traditional gender roles, and the identification of gender with sex assigned at birth. It is not so much the individual’s choice to live outside traditional gender roles that should be challenged, the paper says, but rather the deliberate effort to make such choices acceptable and justified by the broader society.”

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