A 14-year-old transsexual was forbidden from attending church in a flamenco dress in Sevilla.
Maria Jose – born Alberto – was planning to wear a dress to Mass as part of the annual Fiesta del Mosto y la Aceituna in Umbrete.
However, two days before the event, the child was visited by councilman Jose Llorente who informed her mother that she would be refused entry to the church.
Llorente told the mother that the priest, Brother William, ‘feared that the people of Umbrete would object to a boy dressed in a flamenco dress.’
He added that they would be ‘stopped at the door’ if they attempted to enter.
Mayor of Umbrete, Joaquin Fernandez Garro, has since criticised the priest’s decision.
He said: “I do not agree with the pastor, we should not be discriminating against anyone on grounds of sex.
“We have a total respect for this group.”
LGBT groups have also slammed the actions of the church as a breach of human rights.
“What happened in Umbrete is disgusting and repulsive and goes against the rights and freedom of people and against what the church preaches,” said Marisa Roof of Different Action LGBT.
“This debate shows the urgent need for a state or community law to protect the rights of LGBT people in Andalucia.”