Professor forced out of job at Christian college after coming out as trans

Trans theology professor 'asked to leave' after working at the university for 15 years

Professor forced out of job at Christian college after coming out as trans
22 September 2013

A professor at a Christian college in California has been forced out of his position after coming out as transgender.

H. Adam Ackley had taught theology at Azusa Pacific University for 15 years.

However, since coming out as male in the last year, he had been asked to leave by the university – despite being midway through a five year contract.

Speaking on the issue, Ackley said: ‘I did not get a sense directly from the individuals with whom I was speaking that they had a theological problem with transgender identity.

‘I did get the message that it has to do with their concern that other people, such as donors, parents and churches connected to the university will have problems not understanding transgender identity.’

The university had previously refused to cover any medical expenses on the transition, including chest surgery and hormones.

Since leaving APU, Ackley says he has received offers from other universities and institutions to teach or consult.

A spokesperson for APU has declined to comment on the issue. However, Ackley will be meeting with lawyers to decide the best course of action.

Ackley’s sudden departure has shocked his students.

Joseph Reyes, a student at APU, said: ‘He instilled a new-found faith in my life and I was devastated to learn about his dismissal.’

A deeply religious Christian, Ackley had struggled with his gender identity his whole life.

Speaking on his difficulties, he said: ‘I tried to conform to Christian womanhood as best I could.

‘[I was] told by my spiritual advisors and then spouse that recovery, sanity and preservation of my family required me to deny my now recognized transgendered identity. I once again struggled with self-medicating, self-injuring and self-starving of the female body during a suicidal relapse.

‘This is what Christian transphobia does.’



No thumbnail available

Marlon Brando, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe as you’ve never seen them before

The ultimate gay icons from Hollywood’s Golden Age
No thumbnail available

Is this the most off-putting gay kiss ever?

British celebs James Corden and Nick Grimshaw engaged in a sloppy smooch at the BRIT music awards 
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Utah Mormon university bookstore bans gay marriage greeting cards

Hallmark cards celebrating same-sex marriages have been pulled from the shelves of the Bringham Young University bookstore because it is owned by the Mormon church
No thumbnail available

Reports of trans gay man beheaded in South Africa

Conflicting reports of transgender gay activist in South Africa reported in African media
No thumbnail available

A gay dad tells the Olympics: Move the Sochi Games already

Gay dad tells IOC: ‘You are a global parent on whom millions rely. Right now, you are a negligent parent, derelict in your duties’  
Student banned from Christian college after officials discover she is trans

Student banned from Christian college after officials discover she is trans

Domaine Javier was the focus of a 2011 documentary and will be taking the college to court
No thumbnail available

New York Knicks basketball player will pay for calling fan a 'fag' on Twitter

Amar'e Stoudemire is fined $50,000 by NBA for using the gay slur
No thumbnail available

GLAAD asks not to sell anti-LGBT calendar

Barnes & Noble has now stopped selling calendar called I'm Not Gay, I'm Just a Sissy: 12 Months of Sexual Confusion
No thumbnail available

Gay woman who donated to anti-gay Indiana pizzeria reveals why she did it

'If I was asked to serve food at an anti-gay marriage rally, I would decline'