Morehouse College is considered a beacon of pride in the African-American community, a distinguished institution of higher education with a long history of black male success and achievement. The school has not, however, been viewed as the most progressive or forward-thinking in terms of embracing the LGBT community. Recently, Morehouse made the news for a controversial ban on cross-dressing, which some felt unfairly targeted and isolated its LGBT students.

Six months later, the tide seems to be turning. Loop 21 reports Morehouse announced plans to offer its first course on LGBT history:

Beginning in the Spring 2013 semester, Morehouse College will offer a course focusing on the intersection of blackness and being LGBT, according to the school’s paper The Maroon Tiger:

The course is expected to outline various key concepts in Black feminism and critical cultural theory and methodology. Described as “an interdisciplinary survey of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) culture and politics” in the course’s syllabus, the class will serve as an in-depth look into critical, social and cultural theory that will vastly benefit the Morehouse community.

The course could help encourage an attitude of acceptance among Morehouse students, which will likely trickle down to other HBCUs and colleges in general.

Clutchettes and Gents, should other HBCUs follow suit in offering LGBT courses? What effect could Morehouse’s LGBT course have in encouraging tolerance from its students?

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  • JC

    Totally support this decision. I hope the class sparks more open and positive discussions on sexuality in and out of the classroom. I only hope Spelman and Clark follow suit, though they already have intersectional courses on sexuality and feminism of course.

    • billy paul

      Interesting comment; however, allow me to add that Billy loves it when Colored people undereducate/miseducate themselves by paying money to take a class that will not make them any money, because that’s just less people that he’ll have to compete with. Proceed, please.

      It is a cold and harsh reality that dictates that having a 4-year degree alone will not save you. Why would a blog that’s geared towards Coloreds promote wasting valuable time learning meaningless knowledge? Shame on you, Clutch. Colored people as a group have some serious skill deficiencies that should be a top priority on these types of blogs. Arguably, it is the Coloreds lack of marketable skills that make them economic liabilities ripe for elimination and/or exclusion.

      Hence, take these courses at your own peril for there is little to no economic glory to be had there. Lastly, be not mislead, classes are an investment, not only for the student, but also their communities.

      Carry on, Family.

    • Well, no epistemology is not useless. It allows you to critique the framework that frames current academic curriculum, deconstruct the myth of neutrality in the law, and understand how social hierarchies are reproduced at the institutional level. So yeah, adding feminist material is useful to college curriculum.

      Oh and people of color aren’t marketable because of racism, not because of the degrees they chose. Take Obama for example– Ivy League trained, but there are still plenty of people who charge him with being incompetent and unqualified.

  • kelly

    Alright, I think a lot of these so called black sites are supporting this gay agenda as if the black community needs to step anymore further away from GOD, Havent we learned from the heavy promo of sex in music, movies and etc its the reason why our community has high rates of young mothers and absent fathers, that cause a heap of other issues. How much more destruction are you guys going to support before you get the picture… I was happy to find a nice looking black site but it seems to be filled with filth… I dont know whats going on but I dont like how the chosen people are now working in line with the devil.. But then again maybe I listen too to much Steel Pulse, and I know too much…

    • *cues violins* life is so hard.

  • kelly

    SAD times


    When will they make a class on how to deal with the racism in the workplace and in the world in general? Also, a class on brainwashing of black people, eugenics, and etc. I mean do all aspects not just for the gays.