Morehouse College, an all-male, historically black college, recently announced that they’ve updated their gender identity policy to allow for the admission of transgender students.
“Since its founding in 1867, Morehouse College’s mission has been to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service.” With notable alumni such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Spike Lee, it’s clear that Morehouse has adhered to this mission and prepares not just Black men but Black leaders, academics and public servants.
With that in mind, it is encouraging to hear that, “in recognition of our changing world and evolving understanding of gender identity, Morehouse will now consider for admission applicants who live and self-identify as men, regardless of the sex assigned to them at birth.”
This progressive policy change is particularly notable considering the ways in which the Trump administration is taking steps to restrict the rights and recognition of transgender individuals. According to an article by the New York Times, “The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth...”
In a seemingly intentional response to the anti-trans policies and attitudes being propagated by the Trump administration, Morehouse announced this new policy the day after the United States military implemented its restrictive policy for transgender troops.