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Historic HBCU Moment: Morehouse College To Admit Transgender Men In 2020

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Morehouse To Admit Transgender Men In 2020

The country’s only all-male historically black college made a historic move this weekend. Morehouse College told The Associated Press that their board of trustees voted Saturday to begin admitting transgender men next year.

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Morehouse To Admit Transgender Men In 2020

The country’s only all-male historically black college made a historic move this weekend. Morehouse College told The Associated Press that their board of trustees voted Saturday to begin admitting transgender men next year.

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.

“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”, reports AP.

The move made by the alma mater of Martin Luther King Jr., Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson is, of course, drawing controversy, but school officials say it’s an “important step toward a more inclusive campus.”

Morehouse is the first standalone all-male college to adopt a transgender men acceptance policy.

More than 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide have adopted some form of a transgender policy, including about two dozen historically black colleges.

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