No More Cross-Dressing at Morehouse

CNN reported this weekend that Morehouse College, a historically black all-male school in Atlanta, has banned cross-dressing as part of a broader “Appropriate Attire Policy” that was just put into place:

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.”

It’s probably safe to say that the cross-dressing students were threats to neither their peers nor to Morehouse’s storied history as one of the most prominent black colleges in the coutnry. So why the ban?

Bynum said the policy comes from the vision of the college’s president, who wants the institution to create leaders like notable graduates Martin Luther King Jr., actor Samuel Jackson and film director Spike Lee.

Right, because King, Jackson, and Lee are all really well-known for following the rules and getting in line when told to do so.

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.