Allmale historically black Morehouse College will admit transgender men

first_imgShare on Messenger Topics I think Morehouse having the courage to speak to issues of masculinity in today’s environment is importantDavid Thomas Thomas acknowledged that HBCUs 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, Morehouse updated its dress code, in part to address a handful of students who were wearing women’s clothing on campus. The following year, it held its first Gay Pride events. Morehouse offered its first LGBT course in 2013 and has a scholars program named for the 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. Move by alma mater of Martin Luther King Jr and Spike Lee marks major shift as universities adopt more welcoming LGBT policies Share on Twitter Share via Email US universities Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Shares1,2201220 The country’s only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year.Photograph: Mike Stewart/AP This article is more than 3 months old Atlanta This article is more than 3 months old Morehouse, in Atlanta, counts among its alumni the Rev Martin Luther King Jr, filmmaker Spike Lee and former Atlanta mayor Maynard Jackson. It bills itself as the “college of choice for black men” that has instilled leadership skills in generations of African American men.Leaders said its board of trustees approved the policy on Saturday.Transgender men will be allowed to enroll 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.Morehouse officials hailed the move as an important step toward a more inclusive campus, while affirming their mission to educate and develop men. Share on LinkedIn “I think Morehouse having the courage to speak to issues of masculinity in today’s environment is important,” said college president David Thomas. “For 152 years, the world has, in some way, seen Morehouse as the West Point of black male development.”More than 1,000 colleges and universities around the country have adopted some form of transgender policy, including about two dozen historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). An increasing number of schools are updating admissions guidelines to ensure that transgender students have a welcoming experience, said Human Rights Commission spokeswoman Sarah McBride.“Young people are incredibly supportive of LGBT equality, including transgender,” 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 US to adopt a transgender policy. 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 a 2002 attack on 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. LGBT rights Share on Facebook Associated Press in Atlanta Read more All-male historically black Morehouse College will admit transgender men … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Transgender Last modified on Sat 13 Apr 2019 14.52 EDT Support The Guardian US universities The only all-male historically black college in the US will begin admitting transgender men next year, a major shift at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students. news Trans troops return to era of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ as Trump policy takes effect Bayard Rustin: the gay black pacifist at the heart of the March on Washington Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Reuse this content Read more Share on Pinterest Race Georgia Sat 13 Apr 2019 14.17 EDTlast_img

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