A transgender student at a Christian college in Tennesee has been suspended for “sexual perversion” after undergoing breast reduction surgery.
Yanna Awtrey, who was born female to Baptist missionaries but identifies as male, is speaking out after being suspended for two semesters by a disciplinary committee at Welch College this month.
Welch College is a Free Will Baptist institution located outside of Nashville with just under 400 undergraduates. It was formerly known as Free Will Baptist Bible College.
Awtrey was gearing up for a junior year at the college when the student underwent breast reduction surgery (also called “top surgery”) on Aug. 2 as part of a gender reassignment procedure following months of taking hormone pills.
Awtrey told NBC News about an email received from Welch College vice president for student services, Jon Forlines, the day of the surgery explaining that Awtrey was no longer allowed back at the dorms “because of the choices you have made.”
Forlines offered to arrange for Awtrey to stay at a nearby hotel for a week and provide food money to give Awtrey some stability while finding a new place to stay.
It was also alleged that the college tried to get Awtrey to sign a withdrawal form.
But after the student refused to sign the form, a disciplinary hearing was scheduled. That hearing was held last Wednesday before the Welch College disciplinary committee.
At the hearing, Forlines claimed that Awtrey violated a section of the student handbook that bars “any kind of sexual immorality” or “impurity.” The handbook not only bars students from engaging in premarital and extramarital sexual relations but also bars students from engaging in “sexual perversions in any form.”
Awtrey claimed during the hearing that no acts of immorality were committed that “disobeys the college handbook and the Bible.” But Forlines contended that “sexual perversion” is not “just a matter of a sexual act,” according to The Tennessean.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith