First Ever LGBT Class Begins At Morehouse College; Students Voice Their Reaction

First Ever LGBT Class Begins At Morehouse College; Students Voice Their Reaction

January 28, 2013 | Filed under: News | Posted by: trammell

imagesBy Victor Trammell

Students at Morehouse College began taking the school’s first ever LGBT classes last week.

A Genealogy of Black LGBT Culture and Politics” is now held twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The LGBT course, which is taken at the historically black college offers education about the LGBT culture, social structure, and political belief system. The course will also offer education about numerous ideas on Black feminism and the cultural theories that support the LGBT lifestyle and world view.

Dr. Michael Hodge, Morehouse College Sociology Chair said in an interview:

“The course was basically student initiated. They asked if they could have a time where Professor Allen from Yale University would meet with them and initially it was going to be a weekly, bi-weekly group conversation.” (Atlanta Daily World)

Michael Thomas, a senior and finance major at Morehouse was a little skeptical about the course. Thomas told a media interviewer:

“There is one bold statement is making and that is ‘Dear Ol’ Morehouse’ isn’t as conservative as many believe. But is that a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to producing Men of Morehouse? We shall see.” (Atlanta Daily World)

So far, 20 students have registered for the LGBT class. That number includes some students who come from  neighboring Spellman College.

Dr. Hodge went on to describe the class as being tailored to an open-minded student and that LGBT issues are not the only part of the curriculum. He contined:

The issues are not just LGBT. The real focus of this project will be the problems of masculinity and the expressions of manhood that we have, whether it’s our felt responsibility to families or anything that we consider that goes along with the role of being a man. That’s what this is all about.” (Atlanta Daily World)

41 Responses to First Ever LGBT Class Begins At Morehouse College; Students Voice Their Reaction
          • DerrickJanuary 28, 2013 – 6:45 am

            The effeminization of the Black man continues!


            These colleges (HBCUs) are CONTROLLED by caucasoids. They just stopped some of those g.ay guys from wearing dresses and heels to college, now this?

            WAKE UP BLACK FOLKS!!!


            • EkowJanuary 28, 2013 – 11:09 am

              You need to wake up. Africans should not participate in the oppressive behaviors we have been subject to by Europeans over the past 500 years. A true scholar learns about the experiences of people from various backgrounds. As a pan-Africanist, I’m saddened by the kkk like response to the LGBT population by so many of our so-called “freedom fighting” brethren. Let them be!


              • Just BelieveJanuary 28, 2013 – 11:20 am

                HIGH FIVE TO YOUR COMMENTS… EKOW. I could not have said it better and I so Agree with all that you relayed in your response above.


              • DerrickJanuary 28, 2013 – 12:29 pm

                Ekow: “You need to wake up. Africans should not participate in the oppressive behaviors we have been subject to by Europeans over the past 500 years.”

                Where in my comment, did I say that this type of effeminine behavior is acceptable, or we should participate in this type of deathstyle? SHOW ME!!!

                Let me tell you something; did you know, that it was a gay Black man, Baynard Rustin, who ORGANIZED the March on Washington for MLK?

                Bayard Rustin was active in the struggle for human rights and economic justice for over 50 years. Born in 1912, he was reared in West Chester, Pennsylvania where he excelled as a student, athlete and musician. He attended Wilberforce University, Cheyney State College, the City College of New York, and the London School of Economics, earning tuition at odd jobs and singing professionally with Josh White’s Carolinians and Leadbelly.

                Did you know he was the FIRST man to fight for gay rights?

                Did you know he lead people to fight for the ending of the Viet Nam war?

                In 1951, he formed the Committee to Support South African Resistance, which later became the American Committee on Africa.

                In 1948, Rustin traveled to India to learn techniques of nonviolent civil resistance directly from the leaders of the Gandhian movement.

                Rustin took leave from the War Resisters League in 1956 to advise Martin Luther King Jr. on Gandhian tactics. King was organizing the public transportation boycott in Montgomery, Alabama known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

                MY POINT: This is a gay man, who did more than this, but NEVER got the credit for what he did because he was a hom.omse.xual!!!

                Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Rustin worked as a human rights and election monitor for Freedom House. He also testified on behalf of New York State’s Gay Rights Bill.

                In 1986, he gave a speech “The New n*****s Are Gays,” in which he asserted:

                “Today, blacks are no longer the litmus paper or the barometer of social change. Blacks are in every segment of society and there are laws that help to protect them from racial discrimination. The new “n*****s” are gays. . . . It is in this sense that gay people are the new barometer for social change. . . . The question of social change should be framed with the most vulnerable group in mind: gay people.” -Baynard Rustin

                MY POINT: I don’t have anythang against g.ay Black people, BUT, I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE TAUGHT THEIR WAYS AND LIFESTYLE BECAUSE I DO NOT PRACTICE THEM.

                It’s just like a person, who is becoming a doctor; why would he need to take a class in carpentry to heal a hueman being?

                I read books by James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Angela Davis, and other gay writers, does that mean I will not acknowledge their knowledge and wisdom becausse of their way of living…of course not! So, take that kkk bullshyt to the klan site!


                Like I said, “the effeminization of the Black man continues!

                YOU need to wake up!!!


            • BrandedJanuary 28, 2013 – 12:05 pm

              I agree with you Derrick!


          • jamesJanuary 28, 2013 – 7:00 am

            Morehouse has become a mockery, some of the finest men I know are sadden and perplexed. The school is a mockery of what it used to be . I hope this doesnt affect contributions to the school


          • RandallJanuary 28, 2013 – 8:02 am

            This is well overdue and since it is student driven, I have no issues with it. Black people will never move forward as group if we continue to have a litmus test on what is or isn’t black; or who s or isn’t included.


          • marcus davisJanuary 28, 2013 – 8:21 am

            The course is a stupid idea ,this so called gay course whatever the h**l they call it has no business in a college like Morehouse.What on earth could students possibly learn from a course like that ?of what use will it be when students graduate.I,m sick to death of all this gay c**p.How come there are,nt any other colleges teaching this course?Why does it have to be a black college taking this shyte onboard?


          • shieldJanuary 28, 2013 – 10:33 am

            This is beyond sickening trying to push this gay agenda on everybody what the heck is this class suppose to teach? How to properly take it up the a*s, and eat the rug correctly? GTFOH wrong is wrong and this lifestyle is wrong. It is the best birth control ever. No reason why I should have to explain to my children why two men are kissing out in the streets. This is pure confusion. This is why the U.S will be destroyed, it is declining in the worst way ever. Do not tell me I am incorrect either. ISAIAH 58:1″Cry loudly, do not hold back; Raise your voice like a trumpet, And declare to My people their transgression And to the house of Jacob their sins.


          • JamilahJanuary 28, 2013 – 10:52 am

            Whites and “the gay agenda” are not forcing their views on Black people. Progressive minded Black people don’t need to be forced into accepting that we are not all the same. And while I hate comparing the Black struggle to the gay one, many of you sound just as ignorant as White bigots who challenge the validity of Black studies classes and HBCUs.

            Civilization is passing a lot of you people by. Perhaps they can offer an LGBT class at DeVry or Everest College so some of you can have access to it. All your bigotry and willful ignorance does is keep people in the closet or on “the DL.”


            • elrancho2January 28, 2013 – 11:09 am

              I entirely agree with you Jamilah. Well said.


            • Just BelieveJanuary 28, 2013 – 11:49 am

              Jamilah I am in agreement with what I assume is your core point that: Resistance to learning often feeds ones ignorance and thus many criticizing this move by Morehouse need to get over it. However, you seem to present possible latent prejudices yourself, if not misunderstandings about the Black LGB community– when you place emphasis on the “GAY AGENDA” and your mentioning that you hate comparison of the Black Struggle to the “gay one”. There is no GAY AGENDA in the sense that it would threaten the rights, humanity and general wellbeing of anyone including the Black Community. Agenda means the same as having a GOAL, OBJECTIVE and COMMITTMENT. Thus, all sound minded people of all races and s****l orientations have the same. That common goal, objective and Committment is to “love and be loved”; to respect and treat others fairly and thus receive the same; and to live open, honest and authentic lives that does not require anyone to live in an inferior or fearbased status, where ones sense of equality is not threatened by misinformation and irrationality perpetrated by unquestioned antiquated notions linked with mythological biblical interpretations. Yes, I think its pretty evident that the LGB community carries this agenda, as they should. Thus, their struggle is quite similar to that of Black Americans in many ways without our needing to engage in useless semantics that only seem as an attempt to hide the prejudice of the one that “hates comparison of Civil Rights Struggele with that of the Gay Struggle”. So it seems like you might still need further work in reconciling your feelings on this subject. Whether, people like it or not, or can accept it or not, the struggle of gays with blacks is the same in many ways. All struggles in this country’s history as well as internationally are the same: abolitionists, womens sufferage/feminists, black civil rights, Ghandi’s Indian liberation movement, South Africa Apartheid, Latino migrant workers and Gay rights. They all have rised up in knowing their value in being a human being and held any and everyone in society that has fallen behind due to their unquestioned ignorance. As an institution of higher learning, Morehouse is obligated to provide such courses, so that they are able to continue to graduate well rounded, well educated, progressive, and secure CRITICAL THINKING individuals reverent of all within humanity. I trust you are the same and may be able to reexamine where you truly stand and believe.


              • DerrickJanuary 28, 2013 – 12:39 pm

                Do you know that caucasoid g.ays DISCRIMINATE against Black g.ays?

                This thang ain’t about hating g.ays or lgbt, it’s about RIGHT and WRONG! It’s WRONG for this college to MAKE students take this class!

                Why don’t they make-up a class, on HOW TO BECOME MASCULINE, and see what happens! We, as in Black people are being FORCED to accept this ‘lifestyle’. These caucasoid g.ays have MORE rights, than us Black people!!!

                If you had a g.ay Black man and a gay caucasoid, applying for a job, and the g.ay white boy has LESS credentials, and you are being interview by a g.ay caucasoid human resource manager, who do you think is going to get the job?

                YOU ALREADY KNOW!!!

                WE NEED TO STOP INCLUDING caucasoids (gay and straight) IN OUR STRUGGLES. WHERE WERE caucasoid g.ays DURING OUR FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS?

                You need some CRITICAL THINKING courses…NOW!!!


          • breaJanuary 28, 2013 – 11:06 am

            It’s ‘Spelman’ not ‘Spellman’. Plus, is there anything wrong with students wanting to know and understand the world around them?


          • PB ShortJanuary 28, 2013 – 11:08 am

            In this country, you do what the perverted catholic tell you to do or your funds/money will be cut-off…

            There is no justification for having a class like this one…if people want to take this class, fine; no problem…

            The Black man’s struggles in this country has nothing to do with GLBT in any aspect’s of life…

            Becuase of the perverted white male catholic wants all people to be like him and follow their pervert they call Zeus/Jeus/Jesus…

            This college/univeristy is only teaching this course because they are afraid to lose their Federal funding (Obama-care)…

            I guess we have to make/create a special interest group for every type of people that exist under the sun here in this country…

            For all of you who worship the perverted catholic and his religion; you will continue to live in a perverted state of mind…


          • samoriJanuary 28, 2013 – 11:10 am

            So let me get this right… If im not an advocate of the homosexual life style, my tuition money is still being used to pay for the staff that teaches homosexuality and the tution for providing this course in the schools curriculum. So I would be financing a lifestyle I didnt approve of? This is strong arming our HBCUs financially. This is very dangerous slope, not because of s****l preference but if they deny the right to offer these classes, could the universities be brought up for discrimination. HBCUs are already in precarious financial predicaments.


          • Dr. IssaJanuary 28, 2013 – 11:10 am

            The New Morehouse president is the problem here


          • Unapologetic-Brooklyn-Brother-From-Another-MotherJanuary 28, 2013 – 11:46 am

            What is more clear than ever is old ideologies, behavioral patterns and beliefs die hard, BUT eventually they do die and so will every hurtful, fear-mongering thing said in this comment section by people who refuse to let others live their lives how they see fit. Like it or not a new world is emerging and the truth that God DOES NOT hate gays – never hated, disliked, loathed or wanted to disparage His gay children is finally being heard. It’s the fearful, overrrighteous, unloving, ungodly, ego-centered, HOMOPHOBIC heterosexuals that do that. It’s one thing to not agree with something (i.e., gay marriage, gays in the military, etc) because we’re all entitled to our opinions and can voice them, but it’s totally something else to be mean-spirited and abusive about it. And if the freedom to love who we choose is an “AGENDA” then we all have one. It’s no wonder after reading this why so many black, young, talented gay youth commit suicide, stop going to church, stop believing in God or disconnect themselves from their h**o-phobic families and friends all together. I get it now… for them it becomes a matter of survival. I think what Morehouse is doing os GREAT! Mainstream colleges and university have been offering courses on LGBT issues for years now. We’re the ones (the black community) who are late, but better late than never. It’s about d**n time we get hour heads in the game and stop the messy finger-pointing. Randall, I think you’re spot on – love what you said. Shield, you might want to have that conversation with your children NOW if the world hasn’t started it already. This issue is unavoidable because it’s life. Who can truly afford the high price judgment? Please get over yourselves.


          • BrandedJanuary 28, 2013 – 12:02 pm

            This is destroying the brand of Morehouse and the legacy of men from this once fine institution. I would never send my son there for this reason alone. The LGBT community is taking this too far.


          • TerryJanuary 28, 2013 – 12:07 pm

            People don’t need a class on sin or how to disobey God’s word or to bring shame on the black culture. Its build in.


          • J.L.W.January 28, 2013 – 12:14 pm

            The class is not a requirement. Don’t take it.I remember taking a class in Sociology which covered the perils of why black men don’t succeed in public schools, kill each other,remove themselves from the home and community etc etc. I personally thought it was a class of excuses,but I Aced it nonetheless. It didn’t change who I was but I learned something. It also didn’t get me a job. I actually had to bring something to the table for that one. It’s College, not Church extra Saved people. By the time a man gets to Morehouse, he is who he is. An lgbt class won’t “turn” him gay. No more than the class at Berkley about the writings of Tupac will turn anyone gangsta! Get over yourselve shallow Black people. Everyone else is already over you.


          • ChabellaJanuary 28, 2013 – 12:18 pm

            Not surprised given the large LGBT population in Atlanta. The dating scene is difficult for heterosexual women in the Atlanta area because all too often the man you you may be interested in getting to know better is not interested in a heterosexual relationship only or may be interested in only in bi-s****l relationships. I do feel that the LGBT agenda is being pushed on the general populace.


            • DerrickJanuary 28, 2013 – 12:43 pm

              A lot of g.ay, lesbian Black women in Atlanta, too! Don’t leave them out!!!

              And, they are finer, than a fine tooth comb with good businesses, jobs and education!!! The only thang is…THEY HAVE BAD ATTITUDES, BOTH STRAIGHT AND G.AY FEMALES!!!


          • ChuckJanuary 28, 2013 – 1:14 pm

            I attended Morehouse back in the mid 80′s, right around the time the AIDS crisis was growing. Even then, there was a significant portion of students (I’d say 20%) who were gay or bisexual, with the vast majority of those individuals being closeted. Spelman was probably similar in numbers.

            We can’t pretend that gay people don’t exist nor can we pretend that they don’t have a history that impacts ours. Without someone like openly gay Bayard Rustin, the Civil Rights movement would have looked very different. He and many other gays and lesbian have had a profound impact on our culture and that should be celebrated, not ridiculed.

            Additionally, with gays and lesbians finally making inroads in the gaining the rights they deserve, I believe classes like this can begin to help people to understand the societal impact of LGBT people and begin to show ways to bride the divides.

            So as a former student of Morehouse, I applaud this move.

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