Azusa Pacific University students rally behind embattled transgender professor

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Students rallied Wednesday behind a theology professor who was asked to step down from his position after coming out as transgender to officials at a Christian university.

When Azusa Pacific University Professor H. Adam Ackley, formerly Heather Ann Clements, formally asked the private school in Azusa to recognize his name and gender change, the university immediately asked him to leave his post.

Ackley's lawyer said the professor of 15 years did not violate any school policies.

"He's the greatest professor I've ever taken, so by taking him out of the classroom, especially mid-semester, is doing the students a huge disservice and it's a huge loss to the university," said student Margaret van der Bie.

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