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Lilliana Redd, right, says her 15-year-old transgender daughter, Maxine Arbelo, was denied Communion last Sunday during the Spanish-language Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church n Charlotte.The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte denied that, saying the reason Maxine was denied Communion was because she was chewing gum. Maxine said she was not chewing gum when she got in line for Communion. (David T. Foster III/The Charlotte Observer/TNS)

Lilliana Redd, right, says her 15-year-old transgender daughter, Maxine Arbelo, was denied Communion last Sunday during the Spanish-language Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church n Charlotte.The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte denied that, saying the reason Maxine was denied Communion was because she was chewing gum. Maxine said she was not chewing gum when she got in line for Communion. (David T. Foster III/The Charlotte Observer/TNS)