Morehouse Bans Students in Drag

College's new dress code has unusual stipulation
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2009 3:31 PM CDT
Students walk on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/W.A. Harewood)
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(Newser) – Morehouse College insists that the "image of the strong black man needs to be upheld," and that most definitely involves not dressing up like a strong black woman. The school's new dress code has the usual stuff like banning do-rags and lewd T-shirts. But it also includes a stipulation that forbids the "wearing of clothing usually worn by women (dresses, tops, tunics, purses, pumps, etc.) on the Morehouse campus or at college-sponsored events."

The president of a gay-straight alliance group on campus tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the policy is discriminatory. “Some believe that this restriction is what the entire policy is correlated around,” he adds. Tough nuts, says a member of the student government. "If anyone sees this policy as something that is restrictive, then maybe Morehouse is not the place for you.”