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Transgender man shunned by Baptist college to get new name

Oct. 8, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — A transgender man who was shunned by his private Tennessee college after getting breast reduction surgery has now returned to the state and plans to legally change his name. The Tennessean reports it's been two months since Yanna Awtrey left for North Carolina after having been...

Southern Baptists ready to put spotlight on sex-abuse crisis

Sep. 30, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

Entangled in a multifaceted sex-abuse crisis, the Southern Baptist Convention is preparing to host a high-profile conference on the topic that has kindled skepticism even among some of the scheduled speakers. The three-day Caring Well conference opens Thursday at a resort hotel near Dallas, drawing hundreds of...

Biden on racism: White people 'can never fully understand'

Sep. 16, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation. "In a centuries long campaign of violence, fear, trauma, brought...

State drops same-sex rape case brought by homophobic deputy

Sep. 9, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors are dropping same-sex rape charges in a case investigated by a homophobic deputy who gave sermons as a Baptist church pastor calling for the execution of gay people. Assistant District Attorney General Sean McDermott tells the Knoxville News Sentinel that former Knox...