A few years ago, there was outrage over an article called “The Mean Girls of Morehouse,” which highlighted a subculture that some don’t associate with an all-male institution. The rise of President Barack Obama and his push for gay rights, even without mentioning African Americans, has led to an increased awareness of gay culture within the black community. Some accept the changes and some continue to fight them.
Morehouse College, though dominantly consisting of a homogeneous demographic, regularly boasts an aura of diversity that is often ignored from the outside looking in. Most recently, this sense of diversity has taken new form as the gay/straight alliance and student advocacy group, SafeSpace, through the hard work of Dr. Michael Hodge of the sociology department, has officially received the green light to launch a special topics elective on Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and culture to be offered for credit Spring 2013.
The idea came to fruition when SafeSpace’s Special Project and Events Coordinator Marcus Lee partnered with Yale University professor Dr. Jafari S. Allen to pitch the project. Allen focuses on the intersections of queer sexuality, gender and blackness.