Free Will Baptist school expels transgender student due to breast augmentation
21-year-old Yanna Awtrey from a young age felt gender dysphoria, which ultimately prompted her to undergo breast augmentation surgery. She said that she grew up in Free Will Baptist Church and her parents, who currently live in Bulgaria, were well aware of her self-identification and the school restrictions that apply to students.
According to Awtrey, she repeatedly offered to go to non-Christian college to avoid embarrassment and conflict in the future, but each time she was refused.
This year, Yanna firmly decided to follow her path and started hormone therapy, and later did top surgery. According to the rules of the hospital, patients should not be left alone after the procedure, so a couple of friends of parents were invited who were not informed about the nature of the medical procedure. After recovering from anesthesia, the truth nevertheless became known and the couple immediately informed Awtrey's parents and to college.
Immediately after that, an email was sent from the school representatives, in which they forbid the student to return to the dormitory, but in return they provided a hotel room and money for food. But after the publication of the post on social networks, there were threats from the college to stop sponsoring her stay at the hotel if she did not delete the publication.
"I have nowhere to permanently stay, and I can't work for money for at least two months because of the recovery process," said Awtrey. "It's the best and worst day of my life."
Management reportedly forced her to leave school “voluntarily”. But after the publication of the photo, a special committee was convened to review expulsion from college. On August 7, the committee decided to suspend Awtrey from studying for 2 semesters and that most likely she would be expelled.
"The College holds that God created humanity in two distinct and complementary sexes: male and female. The College acknowledges that the Fall of humanity into sin has introduced brokenness into God’s good creation, including in the realm of human sexuality," the statement said.
Welch's president, Matt Pinson added that on admission all students are aware of the rules and beliefs of the school, and that violating them entails punishment, in this case it is an expulsion.
It is known that after August 12, still be in the process of rehabilitation of Yanna Awtrey will become homeless, since the school will no longer pay for its hotel and meals.
"I just feel really powerless right now, and I just want people to know that these things happen," said Awtrey.