Morehouse Crossdressing Policy

Posted by – October 20, 2009

Morehouse College has chosen to have a clothing policy that prohibits crossdressing:

The dress-wearing ban is aimed at a small part of the private college’s 2,700-member student body, said Dr. William Bynum, vice president for Student Services.

“We are talking about five students who are living a gay lifestyle that is leading them to dress a way we do not expect in Morehouse men,” he said.

Before the school released the policy, Bynum said, he met with Morehouse Safe Space, the campus’ gay organization.

“We talked about it and then they took a vote,” he said. “Of the 27 people in the room, only three were against it.”

There has been a positive response along with some criticism throughout the campus, he said.

Senior Devon Watson said he disagrees with parts of the new policy, especially those that tell students what they should wear in free time outside of the classroom.

I’m wondering if someone needs to tell them about straight crossdressers, and about pre-transition MTF trans people. Hopefully Morehouse’s Safe Space already does – but I doubt it.

6 Comments on Morehouse Crossdressing Policy

  1. DDog says:

    Wait, an administrator met with “the” gay organization, and only three people out of twenty-seven (including, I’m sure, the administrator) said this was a bad idea? That bothers me.

    The wording also implies that if the organization had voted against it, they wouldn’t have released the policy. Which, somehow, I doubt.

  2. helenboyd says:

    yep. “the” gay organization, & only three people in it objected.

    which has given plenty of people the old “um, guys, could you not throw the trans people under the bus?” complaint.

    though of course whether or not trans women should be at an all male college is another issue entirely.

  3. cldrewski says:

    If only 3 of the Safe Space-rs voted against it, chances are it will not be anyone from that group who speaks up for the above mentioned peeps (straight CDs, pre-transition MTF, etc.)

  4. Véronique says:

    Are we sure they’re trans? Might they be femme gay men? Even if I were early in transition, I would not want to attend an all-male college.

  5. helenboyd says:

    we don’t know anything about the people who are crossdressing. the school seemed to assume they were gay & this was a “lifestyle” issue.

  6. DDog says:

    Apparently, a male-bodied person wearing a dress is unprofessional, period. It’s an argument I’ve encountered many times in business/networking workshops and seminars, and no one can give me a better answer than “It’s just not professional.”

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