Morehouse College students began classes at the school’s highly anticipated new LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual) course this week. The course is the first of its kind at the legendary historically black college and will focus on the history of LGBT culture, politics and social structures.
“A Genealogy of Black LGBT Culture and Politics” meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will outline various concepts in Black feminism, cultural theories and the methodology behind them.
“The course was basically student initiated,” Morehouse College Sociology Chair Dr. Michael Hodge said. “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.”
The Ford Foundation, which funds Morehouse’s Faces of Manhood Initiative, had a goal of offering courses that would discuss special topics such as sexuality, masculinities, sex, and healthy relationships at Morehouse College, which helped make the campaign for the class a reality.
The course will seek to further engage students in cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning, as well as contribute to the transformational gender context of being homosexual at the Atlanta University Center and beyond.
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“There is one thing that this class and its purpose shows is that Morehouse isn’t as traditional and conservative as it once was,” Michael Thomas, a senior finance major said. “But is that a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to producing Men of Morehouse? We shall see.”
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