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The country’s only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year, marking a major shift for the school at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students.

Leaders of Morehouse College in Atlanta told The Associated Press that its board of trustees approved the policy on Saturday.

Transgender men will be allowed to enroll in the school for the first time in 2020. Students who identify as women but were born male cannot enroll, however, and anyone who transitions from male to female will not be automatically eligible to receive a degree from the institution.

Morehouse officials hailed the move as an important step toward a more inclusive campus while affirming its mission to educate and develop men.

“I think Morehouse having the courage to speak to issues of masculinity in today’s environment is important,” Morehouse College President David Thomas told The Associated Press. “For 152 years, the world has, in some way, seen Morehouse as the West Point of black male development.”

The policy also states that Morehouse “will continue to use masculine pronouns” which it calls “the language of brotherhood.”

Morehouse is an iconic college that counts the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., filmmaker Spike Lee and former Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson as its alumni. It bills itself as the “college of choice for black men” that has instilled leadership skills in generations of African American men.

More than 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide have adopted some form of a transgender policy, including about two dozen historically black colleges. An increasing number of schools are updating admissions guidelines to ensure transgender students have a welcoming experience, said Human Rights Campaign spokeswoman Sarah McBride.

“Young people are incredibly supportive of LGBT equality, including transgender equality,” McBride said. “Schools are responding in kind. In many ways, our college campuses look like the country we’ll have in 10 or 15 years. There are a lot of reasons for hope.”

Morehouse becomes the first standalone all-male college in the country to adopt a transgender policy. Nationwide, there are only two other all-male colleges, Wabash College in Indiana and Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. Minnesota’s St. John’s University, which enrolls only men but shares a co-ed academic program with the College of St. Benedict, also has a transgender policy.

Morehouse has had challenges around LGBT issues, most notably the 2002 attack of a 19-year-old student accused of beating a fellow student with a baseball bat who he mistakenly thought was making a sexual advance.

Gregory Love’s skull was fractured in the beating. Aaron Price was found guilty of assault and initially sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The incident was widely seen as reflective of a larger and pervasive attitude toward the LGBT community among African Americans.

Thomas acknowledged that historically black colleges and universities — mainly established after the Civil War with the help of religious institutions like the Baptist and Methodist churches — face added challenges in addressing issues of gender and sexuality because of opposition in black churches.

“I can’t speak for all HBCUs, but we know in the black church there has largely been silence on this issue,” Thomas said. “I can imagine there may be people who would say, ‘Why would you even raise this?’ I say to those people we live in an era now where silence on these issues is actually not helpful. For us, as a school for men, it’s important for us to set clear expectations about what that means. That’s what we’re trying to do with this policy.”

In 2009, the college updated its dress code, in part to address a handful of students who were wearing women’s clothing on campus. The following year, Morehouse held its first Gay Pride. Morehouse offered its first LGBT course in 2013 and has a scholars program named for civil and gay rights icon Bayard Rustin.

Spelman College, an all-woman HBCU next door to Morehouse, adopted a transgender policy in 2017, and the first transgender woman graduated in 2018.

Other HBCUs with transgender policies include Tuskegee University, Howard University, Florida A&M University, Southern University in Louisiana, North Carolina Central University and Morgan State University in Maryland.

Titi Naomi Tukes — a 2017 graduate of Morehouse who enrolled as a cisgender man in 2013 but now identifies as transgender nonbinary and uses the pronouns they/them/their — said they disapproved of the policy, which they learned about in an alumni email on Saturday. Tukes said the policy is hostile and exclusionary toward transgender women and nonbinary students, and could put transitioning students in an unsafe environment if they have to leave the college.

Titi Naomi Tukes — a 2017 graduate of Morehouse who enrolled as a cisgender man in 2013 but now identifies as transgender nonbinary and uses the pronouns they/them/their — said they disapproved of the policy, which they learned about in an alumni email on Saturday. Tukes said the policy is hostile and exclusionary toward transgender women and nonbinary students, and could put transitioning students in an unsafe environment if they have to leave the college.

“You can’t control how someone feels in their body,” said Tukes, now a management consultant working in New York who added they are willing to offer input on how the policy is implemented. “The college fails at addressing and understanding the gender journey that one undergoes during their college experience, spiritually, emotionally, physically and psychologically.”

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20 thoughts on “Morehouse College To Admit Transgender Men Starting In 2020

  1. Ebony on said:

    We have become a society od idiots. You admit a women pretending to be a man, but not a man pretending to be a woman? Foolishness. This just tells me that Morehouse is no longer an HBC for men. I am sure the college is now receiving funds from the white establishment.oh snap, you think spell will admit the men pretending to be women?

  2. Ebony on said:

    We have become a society od idiots. You admit a women pretending to be a man, but not a man pretending to be a woman? Foolishness. This just tells me that Morehouse is no longer an HBC for men. I am sure the college is now receiving funds from the white establishment.oh snap, you think spell will admit the men pretending to be women?

  3. Ebony on said:

    We have become a society od idiots. You admit a women pretending to be a man, but not a man pretending to be a woman? Foolishness. This just tells me that Morehouse is no longer an HBC for men. I am sure the college is now receiving funds from the white establishment.oh snap, you think spell will admit the men pretending to be women?

    • I agree! If Morehouse is going to mix it up like that, then why do they call themselves an all-male school? Doesn’t this make them co-ed? (And by the way, I didn’t know this and hadn’t even considered that there was–as this article states–“a handful of students who were wearing women’s clothing on campus.”) Just make it co-ed, and stop catering to the nonsense and confusion!

  4. fhsmct on said:

    Not the college’s responsibility!

    RE:
    ““The college fails at addressing and understanding the gender journey that one undergoes during their college experience, spiritually, emotionally, physically and psychologically.””+

  5. fhsmct on said:

    As for the dress code; the campus gay organizations and most gay alums support the school’s dress code policy.

    Interesting that 1 of the most vocal students against the policy transferred to a PWC yet didn’t voice the same claim nor push his agenda once there 🤔 🤔

  6. Ted Gravely on said:

    We are a special people – the more we accept the devil’s ways, the more our people are losing their way. Accepting this is an abomination. The white devil is nasty; raping, sleeping with children and animals, ect… Now we have been captive in this forsaken land for so long that back people are accepting this ridiculousness as being okay. Sick world.

  7. Hopeless4ever on said:

    With all the problems in the black community, this school is focused on this mess. What about encouraging traditional marriage and families where children grow up with a mother and a father?

    What about adherence to scripture that has a clear blueprint for how we all should live?

    But, instead we focus on this transgender mess where someone can “believe” that they are the opposite gender and those of us who don’t co-sign to this lie are considered the crazy ones!!!

    Unbelievable how much this country has “transformed” since electing the first “black president.”

    Clearly the worst and monumental mistake of our lives.

    We will pay dearly now and in generations to come because there is a GOD and he will act in his own time.

  8. Wtf. Before marrying a woman or man in these days and times should require the man and woman instead of blood test to both down their underwear to make sure that they’re marrying the proper gender, and I’m not joking. Because you don’t know what the hell youre getting

  9. Butter Pecan on said:

    We define shiggidy. While whites, Asians, and even Hispanics outperform is academically, this is the crap we choose to focus on. C’mon man

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