There’s a new dress code policy at the small, all-male Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. The “Appropriate Attire Policy” bans the wearing of women’s clothes, makeup, high heels, and purses just to name a few.
The ban is aimed at just a select few of the school’s 2700-member student body.
“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,” said Dr. William Bynum, vice president for Student Services.
Before the policy went into effect, Bynum said he met with Morehouse Safe Space, the campus’ gay organization. After a vote was taken, only three of the 27 members were against it.
The debate has some students backing either side of the issue, but Senior Tyrone McGowan said he has mixed feelings.
“I have been inspired by the conversation it has created,” McGowan said. “We have to find a way to create diverse leaders from this college. I don’t want this to place all of us in one box.”
Lastly, Bynum says that the policy stems from President Robert Franklin who wants to create graduates like former Morehouse alumni Martin Luther King Jr., actor Samuel Jackson and film director Spike Lee.
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