Last week, the earth tilted on its axis when Vibe magazine published a piece called 'The Mean Girls of Morehouse.' The article highlighted a tiny group of Morehouse students who prefer to dress in women's clothing. Prior to the release of the piece, the president of Morehouse College sent out an outraged letter to his alumni decrying an article that he admitted he had not read.

The Vibe article was precipitated by last year's controversy over Morehouse's dress code. Excuse me, the "Appropriate Attire Policy." The policy was targeted at a tiny minority of students on campus. By tiny, I mean FIVE:

"The dress-wearing ban is aimed at a small part of the private college's 2,700-member student body," said Dr. William Bynum, vice president for Student Services.

"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," he said. (CNN)

Though the policy had 11 "expectations" for students, the one which received the most attention and the one for which all the other expectations were written to disguise, is a ban on wearing clothing usually worn by women such as dresses, tops tunics, purses and pumps. In short, there is no room for androgyny at Morehouse.

Dr. Franklin and his staff remain steadfast in couching the dress code as some type of attempt in molding and shaping students for "leadership " Leading what? Leading where?


College is a place where you will be confronted by people who look, act and sound different than you do. I remember wearing my collection of scripture-embossed church t-shirts to English 101 only to be confronted by a rabid atheist professor who insisted we call him by his first name, Jim. I'd been raised in a devout Baptist family and had never had anyone contest the existence of God to my face with relish and glee. Every class was a new test in how blasphemous Jim could be. We fought the entire semester and I got an "A." and Jim ended up being one of my favorite instructors.

 

If you do it right, the people you meet in college transform your life and add a layer of richness you otherwise would have been denied. In managing these relationships with people who are different than you, you begin to deal with people on an individual basis and form conclusions based on character and not geography, gender, race, national origin, or yes, sexuality. And of course, this tolerance for differences prepared you for the work world in which you will encounter these differences and be forced to harness them for creative production.


Which brings us back to what exactly it is that Morehouse College is "teaching" its students about "leadership" and power. Its president states:

 

"And while the world grapples with complicated issues related to economic disparity, racism, sustainability, and diversity and tolerance, Morehouse stands in the breach, seeking answers to the pressing issues facing our young men, encouraging dialogue and expecting excellence." (Dr. Franklin)

Are these the values Morehouse is really extolling? What about some other values? Such as, the strong will always be able to prey upon the weak? Majority rules? It's okay to ostracize those who look an act different for systematic discrimination and abuse? When confronted with bigotry, denial and righteous indignation are acceptable replies from leadership? Five students dressed as women have the ability to cripple and entire university? That Morehouse can be brought low by high heels?The status quo is sacred and conviction no longer requires courage?

In the end, isn't the "Appropriate Attire Policy" a cop out? The exact opposite of leadership? Instead of confronting differences and offering up a lesson in diversity, inclusion and creativity, we write a new memo and a policy targeting a tiny outnumbered group. What a way to "grapple with complexity" and "seek answers."

If the men of Morehouse are to become the leaders of tomorrow, whether in business, education or politics, they will need much better tools for dealing with the true complexity of human relations.




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  I have NOTHING against gay men....I really don't...but!  Word to the wise....no matter how much make up you put on....no matter what type of dress/shoes/hats you wear...will NEVER make you a WOMAN.  These articles are a distraction created by men...not women.  If one gay guy went through ONE period[cramps, bloating and irration].....one pregnancy...one child birth, trust me, he would HANG up this sick desire and exaggration[sp] to imitate the illusion of  women....and promptly  return to the penis syndrome he came on this earth with and be happy!  Cuz fantasizing about having a  "vagina" is overrated and under appreciated....and has very little to do with being a REAL woman...but!  I'm just sayin
Who goes to an all-men's school to dress like a woman?  Oh, right, five guys.  I don't mean to sound intolerant, but I remember when this story first broke, how amazed I was that a policy that affects 5 people could somehow become national news.  Let's not rip  Morehouse College a new one because of a policy that denies five guys their desire to wear pumps and dresses.  When I was in college, most of the female students didn't even dress like that.
While this may be strictly a dress code matter in these instances, it does point to some other serious issues with respect to gender identity. Specifically, are these 5 gay or are they transgender. If they are transgender, what does that mean in terms of being a part of a male college. If they are students in good academic standing, should they be encouraged to transfer to another school in the Atlanta University system, e.g., Clark or Spelman. If they are transgender, particularly if they are involved in sexual reassignment, they are required in the US to live for at least a year as a member of the opposite sex. How would Morehouse accommodate someone under medical/psychiatric supervision for such a transition? Would such a student be forced to transfer? What about FTM students at Spelman?

This raises a number of interesting issues.
Maybe they should transfer to an all Ivy League girls school...doesn't matter.  Real women are more than just high heels and coochies.  So they will continue to struggle tryin to be SOMETHING  they will never be.....and BTW they won't find a way to be that woman...in [ANY]college either.  Sorry boys.  Pssst    Fellows!  Who we are as women you cannot create from your how- to- make- a-woman invention book!  But I'm just sayin
Everybody should understand that this reality is coming and is here to stay.


In due time, when the gay community with all their current efforts to
obtain full access and equal rights for their definitions of "individual freedom & expression" in America, this will become part of the "normal"reality in this nation and everyone or anyone who has issues will just have to bite the bullet, grind their teeth, get over it, accept it and get used to it because any negativity or adverse action will be a direct violation of a gay person's civil rights if he/she is banned, detained, eliminated, unjustly exempt or not given full participation and/or consideration. the same as hetrosexual men and women in all aspects of life and that goes for all insitiutions of learning, no matter the level, the US military and the entire American business world in general.



And when they (not a matter of "if" they will) wear women clothing and attaire that makes them feel more comfortable and confident whether in class and/or at work, no different than hetrosexual men and women, as along as they meet the professional criteria (and the existing dress criteria for all businesses and learning institutions will also be challenged and eventually change in time), get used to it.


"Gender bending": cross dressing, transgender etc and as Kresge noted and I'll add, "as long as they are in good academic standing", don't get in trouble and do what they are supposed to do in all facets of life, both personal and professional, as a homosexual living their daily lives will be just as common as putting cream in your coffee and they will be backed full force by the U.S. legal system, the same as everyone else.


Their days of the "extreme homosexual", being totally shunned away from the main stream; living in the shadows & the underground away from the spotlight is coming to an end and all institutions, businesses, churches and ordinary citizens can't do anything to stop it.
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"Gender bending": cross dressing, transgender etc and as Kresge noted and I'll add, "as long as they are in good academic standing", don't get in trouble and do what they are supposed to do in all faucets of life, both personal and professional, as a homosexual living their daily lives will be just as common as putting cream in your coffee and they will be backed full force by the U.S. legal system, the same as everyone else.
  As I indicated above....I don't have anything AGAINST gay men.  However, I do take issue with the inappropriateness of their behavior.  So what if they fantasize about being a woman....but!  Do they have to do lewd things in front of children.....or in public where everyone can see?  Aaaahhhhh Hell no!  It is almost if as they [some of 'em not all] are smearing  it in the faces of those who are against them as a source of vengence....but!  In the meantime...children are looking at that.  


I have a lot of gay students....a few who seems to thinks it's okay to be flaming, rude and loud.  It's the same with folks who drink.....the drunks I'm referring to.  And gang banging-those who are wild and destructive....all are flaming in their crude behavior and care less who they insult.  Well...I call this misconduct.  I also have a "gay" stylist and several "gay" confidentes who were raised the same way I was and taught that...there is a place and time for EVERYTHING!  And yes they are the same as everyone else....so they too NEED to learn how to conduct themselves maturely and respectfully.  Just cuz they have chosen this lifestyle doesn't mean they get to BREAK the rules of civility.  Nope!    Cuz sometimes they can be soooooooooo extreme when it is absolutely unnecessary.  This is where I take great issue.  Just be mindful of your surroundings and behave appropriately that's all. Not asking for no more or less than I ask of anyone else.  Just be considerate.  Gays are still human beings[someone's children].....and should act accordingly....but! There is no but....only reasonable truth.
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As I indicated above....I don't have anything AGAINST gay men. However, I do take issue with the inappropriateness of their behavior. So what if they fantasize about being a woman....but! Do they have to do lewd things in front of children.....or in public where everyone can see? Aaaahhhhh Hell no! It is almost if as they [some of 'em not all] are smearing it in the faces of those who are against them as a source of vengence....but! In the meantime...children are looking at that.
I do not know the specifics of the men in the context of Morehouse, but I am not talking about gay men in drag. I am referring to persons who are transgender or perhaps even intersex (think of the South African "female" runner). On the chromosomal level, she is male (XY). She does not have ovaries, a uterus, etc. So, if she wanted to attend a single sex historically black college in the US, where would you send her.

Being transgender is not about someone fantasizing about being someone of the opposite sex. Being transgender is also not about sexual orientation.There are Male to Female transgender persons who are heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual. It is medically recognized, and there are explicit criteria that such individuals satisfy in order to be so designated as such. Moreover, institutions such as Morehouse and Spelman will also have to deal with Female to Male transgender persons. Again, F-M may be heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.  
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While this may be strictly a dress code matter in these instances, it does point to some other serious issues with respect to gender identity. Specifically, are these 5 gay or are they transgender. If they are transgender, what does that mean in terms of being a part of a male college. If they are students in good academic standing, should they be encouraged to transfer to another school in the Atlanta University system, e.g., Clark or Spelman. If they are transgender, particularly if they are involved in sexual reassignment, they are required in the US to live for at least a year as a member of the opposite sex. How would Morehouse accommodate someone under medical/psychiatric supervision for such a transition? Would such a student be forced to transfer? What about FTM students at Spelman? This raises a number of interesting issues.
Insteresting.  I wonder if these 5 students are transgender.  What happens if a student doesn't discover that he or she is transgender until AFTER they've already been accepted to a Morehouse or Spelman?
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Being transgender is not about someone fantasizing about being someone of the opposite sex

I understand that Brotha Kresge.  However the exact definition of transgender is still in lingo and because of that  to identify them as “gay” only moves to reasonable assessment:   the visual.  Not because one cannot tell if they are human beings are not….but!  Because when one LOOKS at them…they [the males] are representing the visual “ROLE” of women….not men.  And others [women] are representing the visual role of men....not women. 


We live in a bi gender existence. There aren’t any asexual in-betweens I know of.  Either you look like a male or female with one look moving closer toward the other or not.  For example…Diamond Martin Poulin 20, teetering in strappy sandals with three-inch heels, steps into an eclectic clothing boutique in Little Five Points, a quaint cluster of shops and restaurants two and a half miles outside of downtown Atlanta. “Ooooh,” squeals Diamond. “What about this?” Holding up a white floor-skimming skirt with an eyelet hem, he swoons. The proprietor of the store looks up at Diamond, does a double take, and immediately picks up the cordless phone at the register. “There’s a man in here with heels on!” she whispers loudly into the phone. Diamond raises his eyebrows and continues browsing the racks. He shrugs when asked if the comment bothers him. “Isn’t it true?” he says, chuckling. “There is a man in here with heels on.”  But!  I’m just sayin

Quote by Vox:: "Insteresting.  I wonder if these 5 students are transgender".



Hard to tell and the same goes for transgendered females or "she-males" who lookes exactly like women from head to toe exept for the external male organ..



And remember the Asian transgendered person in the news who got pregeant twice and gave birth to two children? Could happen on a university or college campus.


I don't think that in order to be accepted to a university, college or any institution as a student requires your medical history records or an exam to determine if you're gay....academic records are all that's required and you can't tell a gay transgendered person simply by looking so it was probably a situation when Person X was wearing regular male clothing as he always does in order to fit in and one day he walked out of the dorm or rolled up on campus in full female dress and stunned the crowd or someone found out (for whatever reason) and the gossip mill started..



And what about the faculty?  A haven for gays. Plenty of gay academic professors or adminstrative personnel all over the nation that may be transgendereed also.


I remember being in college years ago and upon leaving the library one day after studying, I was about 50 yards from the dorm and I heard the guy rollin' and laughing out loud and there was a guy with his back turned to me in full female dress from top to bottom complete with purse....and the reason I knew that he wasn't a woman because of his shoulders and I was like WTF?...and as he waited and took all the laughter and heckling from the guys, his gay friend walked out, head high, they kissed on the lips and walked hand in hand down the sidewalk as we continued to lose it.


And Koco, you're asking for proper conduct?


Remember what your mamma would say, "can't take you anywhere because all you do is show your ass".....it's gonna happen in many instances because for many "being free to express yourself" for the first time will cause that to happen especially in a heated situation or maybe simply caused by someone (with children) who doesn't like what they are seeing or witnessing in front of their kids, ie...kissing in public, holding hands, dancing, hugging, touching...all the "regular stuff" that people do where you might say "ah, they're so much in love!..but instead it's a gay couple....which may turn your stomach and you can't help yourself but respond especially if your child witnessed it first.
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And Koco, you're asking for proper conduct? Remember what your mamma would say, "can't take you anywhere because all you do is show your ass".....it's gonna happen in many instances because for many " being free to express yourself" for the first time will cause that to happen especially in a heated situation or maybe simply caused by someone (with children) who doesn't like what they are seeing or witnessing in front of their kids, ie...kissing in public, holding hands, dancing, hugging, touching...all the "regular stuff" that people do where you might say "ah, they're so much in love!..but instead it's a gay couple....which may turn your stomach and you can't help yourself but respond especially if your child witnessed it first
  Brotha Cholly....I thought about that as soon as I finished writing.  Those  things you brought up are absolutely normal human behavior.  The kissing, hugging  and inappropriate touching are what people do.  And you expect that coming from those of the opposite gender pool.  It's part of growing up.   And you're EXACTLY right....but!  If one wants respect....one should give respect.  Especially when you're exhibiting a new wave out of the box identity expression that will take TIME for people to adjust to i.e. two men kissing or inappropriately touching or two women kissing and/or inappropriately touching.   As in the example of bullying...  some folks are not as accepting for those who are different.  So we have to teach them...but!  As you see, it is a slow process....cuz why?  The household.  The community.  Are slow to accept those who are deemed different.  And...children model behavior.  And if you tell them to stop staring or stop making fun or be nice to those who are not like them, well it's easy to say but when adults do the opposite, it's difficult for children NOT to do it.  As is why I said earlier everything is VISUAL.  We respond to what we SEE. 


I'm all for "free expression,"  But I think for me the boundaries are crossed....with those who want to be accepted[by society]  soooooo badly do inappropriate things in public.  I think this moves toward maturity and has nothing to do with gender identity.  One time when I went to see Janet Jackson in concert.  We were in the lobby when we saw this "guy" who had on a tight leotard swimsuit thong type outfit showing his "booty," fish net stockings with what looked like six inches shoes.  He was standing in line next to us.  A colleague of mine[who I do think is a little homophobic]] was circling this young fellow like a shark.  He was soooo pissed off.  He is a teacher too and noticed children around and had a fit shouting to this guy " man, don't you see kids standing here?"  Smoke was coming outta his ears cuz he couldn't understand why this young man would come to a public place dressed like that.  We had to stand in front and behind him to ensure he wouldn't beat this "guy" down.   I'm sure this young fellow looked in the mirror before coming to the concert.  I was embarassed for the children.  To be expressive is one thing, but to parade around inappropriately and care less about the children you will affect by looking brizzare[sp] and scary, is unforgiveable.  Regardless of how you express yourself, you are still a human being and should behave accordingly.  Which means you still need to be respectful and accepting to your surroundings and environment...otherwise why would any one be respectful and accepting towards you?  You get what you put out in this world.   That's all I'm saying......but!
Koco, I get what you're saying and I understand that change of this magnitude is a slow process probably no different than when civil rights was finally passed back in the late 60's and despite all the efforts of Dr. MLK and the movement to achieve this milestone and the joy that insued after it was legally & permantely established, the word among the Black masses was to be cool, take it slow and infuse yourself in a non threatening and calm manner among those Whites who have to make their highly angered physical and mental adjustments in order to stay within the boundries of the law but you know that some Black folk (who weren't involved directly in the process but benefitted from it) just took it to another level and rubbed it in some White faces for generations and decades of payback.....regardless of the positive outcome and the approach to stay calm,.... that's just human nature also...some segments of people within the masses will act a fool.


And for many gay people, through their eyes, they probably don't see anything wrong about their outward appearances and affections toward each other: their images, their clothing, their demeanor, being inappropriate (according to straight people) in public among children because in their minds and they will tell you straight to your face, "you can do it so why can't I?".... I am not breaking any rules and if you don't like it, then it's your problem"......and you can't go to the cops because you feel offended or cry mental damages to your children....They are who they are, will be open about it and acting "no different" than you or me and I can see this being a huge national debate among straights and gays about what is appropriate and what's not between the two groups and especially when it comes to gays who also have children, either by birth among partners or foster care/adoption who may/will claim that they see and have issues with straight people and how they act in public and/or treat their children in public while they are the ones witnessing.



Many gay people will get the message to just chill and take it slow & easy but others?....they will purposely make you uncomfortable and drive it down your throat especally if they realizes that it bothers you...children present or not.
Excellent point...Brotha Cholly.  And that is why society is hard to be convinced that "these people" are qualifed and/or  have the ability to be good parents[ to children they apparently care less about in terms of their public lewd and disrespectful behavior].  Why do that to a child you claim you want some day to be a family with?  Can't have it both ways. And the pressure is really on you if you profess that you are as normal as any "family" but your behavior says otherwise.  Although society is kinda warped in ths area....it is still sensitive to who is deemed family. And seeing a gender questionable person in high heel shoes sporting a beard with a short short mini skirt showing thongs..doesn't appear to be the kind of individual who has the maturity or capacity to raise children.  And this has been the debate for years.  But!  I'm just sayin
Yet, cracked out, abusive, lazy, poor decision making heterosexual people have kids that they can't take care of everyday, and for the most part, society turns a blind eye. Moreover, society does not tend to label the collective whole based on the behavior of the most dysfunctional segment of the population.So why do we do this with LGBT people. Especially in light of a decade of studies that show that children of LGBT people as a cohort function at a level greater than the societal norm. The children in LGBT homes do better academically, usually test above average with respect to emotional and psycho-social stability and development.

The craziest behavior that I have publicly witnessed is that of people who are ostensibly heterosexual. The most abusive parents that I have witnessed are people who are ostensibly heterosexual. As a chaplain, all my students who related stories of molestation, where the product of traditional nuclear families.

There are much more serious problems that face our society than mean wearing leotards, and women taking androgens.
Brotha Kresge....you are absolutely CORRECT....but!  I am referring to those [gender-in question] who are to the EXTREME!  I never said children from hetersexual families have it academically better or any of the things you are adhering to.  Those words NEVER came outta my mouth.  What I did say...[and concluded to] is you get what you put out...and this includes all people...but on this particular "thread" we are talking specifically about gender-in question individuals.  
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And the debate will continue to elevate and continue......and as you well know, we in this country, can't seem and/or don't want to solve anything (if ever) in a timely manner (unless it benefits one specific side and not all sides) where people will sit down like adult human beings, seriously discuss and settle their differences and come to a workable solution(s) that legal, equal, just, satisfactory and accomodates all sides so this issue with gay Americans that at a low heat simmer right now, as it elevates to national social & political discussion status as with all the other vast multitudes of ever growing problems in this country, will be heaped on top of that ever growing mountain pile along with all the other generations of stuff that we stubbondly and racially can't or will not fix.



And you know that hypocritcy is purposed and very deep in this country and hetrosexuals will, as they always do to, find an effective negative message supported by elected politicans; criticize and denouces race(s) or groups that they don't like, will use any and all necessary negative tools and labels (true and untrue) at their disposal in order to push their agendas forward in order to eliminate equal rights, get their way and oppress others.


Without knowing anything or very little about them, gay people, as a whole, hetrosexuals will purposely make shyt up and via the media, paint with a very negative broad brush campaign:..... will identify all gay people as drug addicts, alcoholics, violent, murderers, theives, home wreckers, a community of AID and diseased victims, non-christain, athiests, pedophiles, child molesters, child abusers, sex addicts, prostitutes, physically and mentally unstable, freaks of nature, nasty, corrupt, purposely scare the kids, make the straight parents of gay people villified as devils etc...and anything else that they can come up with while knowing the the very labels that they are trying to push on the gay community exists heavily among/within themselves, their neighborhoods, in their homes, communities and their "race" since gay people will, if not as of yet, be identified by hetrosexuals and placed in a box, as "another race of people".


You know how we do. 
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  Yep I sure do.  As is why I said what I said.  And since we have this "history"...why would anyone want to GO TO THE EXTREME...and at the same time want to be viewed/treated as equal when the behavior isn't?  And when I say equal, I'm referring to "normal" vs [what is considered] not normal[which includes a lotta folks].  Let's not forget our rights to vote may be still on someone's desk somewhere expiring.  How long did it take to obtain that?  And our behavior wasn't whacked...or to the extreme.....hell!  We built this country.  But look how long  it took to be freed....look how long it took to be acknowledged as a whole HUMAN being. The horrors of post reconstruction, jim crow and sharecroppin.   And on top of all that....we have deep deep social scars that for some is the ramification of what we went through as a people.  So yes I know how folks are on both sides of the table....as is why you consider the source of your environment, act accordingly and take a realistic look at the legacy of those you want equality from.  Cuz  like it or not....they[ hyprocrites or not) are the determining factor to get what you want.  Otherwise you can do what you want...and not worry.  Right?  And this new gender bender recognition isn't new.  It is just something that has been ignored for years... cuz no body was affected by it one way or the other.  But!  Because of the zeigeist theory, it is now here for open discussion and debate.  Cuz folks are now comfortable enough to come out and be themselves....but!  Most people in general are hard to change in their views... be it right or wrong.  The resistence to change is a reality and a fact.  That's why it is always adviceable if you want to incorporate something new and different....to bring it to the forefront slowly.  Especially something that has a bad wrap due to misnomers and is historically riddled with misconceptions and false truths out of fear. [It took a few years for folks to realize that you can't get AIDS from kissing, holding hands, sitting on a toliet, etc]


 But!  I think you really got something there Brotha Cholly.  Cuz although it was time to have a black president....pass time.  The  idea began in the media long ago with shows i.e. television/movies starring black actors playing presidents.  It was introduced slowly and intergrated in pieces-not all at one time.   It began with Morgan Freeman and the All state brotha playing this role.  By the time Blair Underwood came along...my president was already in office.  This wouldn't have happened....let's say 15 to 20 years ago.  Cuz why?  Again.  Fear of something new, different and untraditional.  That's just the nature of the [human] beast!  Cuz why? That's just who they are.........like it or not!  It is the same in this case. You just can't jammed things down the throats of folks[resistence of change] you want something from.  It just not gonna happened.....you have to do it slow so utlimately you are in full control of what you're trying to achieve.....but! I'm just sayin

Male, female or neither? Gender identity debated at same-sex colleges

By Stephanie Chen, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Same-sex colleges face students who are nongender-conforming or transgender
  • Many same sex-schools have no policies for students outside traditional male-female roles
  • Study: Nongender-conforming and transgender students experience more harassment
  • Morehouse College has banned women's dresses, pumps and purses on men

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) -- When Kevin Murphy entered as a freshman at Mount Holyoke, a Massachusetts women's college, in 2003, he was female. By the time he received his diploma, he was male.

Phillip Hudson, who attended Morehouse, an all-male historically black college in Georgia, calls himself androgynous, meaning he doesn't identify with masculine or feminine identity norms.

The two men represent a debate that is brewing at some of the nation's same-sex colleges. For these colleges, which have historically defied boundaries and challenged the status quo, a new test of tolerance has surfaced: How are they handling gender identity?

Defining gender on same-sex campuses has become murky as some students say they fall outside the conventional male-female gender binary. More schools are encountering complicated cases where not all students at men's colleges identify as male and not all students at women's colleges identify as female.

The diversity of gender expression comes in many forms, from individuals who consider themselves androgynous or nongender-conforming to students who are transgender or in the process of changing their sex. Transgender people are often defined as those who do not identify with the gender they were at birth.

At Smith College, a women's institution in Massachusetts, the junior class president is Roth, who recently transitioned from female to male. Roth asked to be identified only by his first name.

At Morehouse College, the issue of cross-dressing students emerged on campus last year. A handful of the male students wore women's clothing, purses and high heels.

"You don't have to conform to one idea on what it means to be a masculine male in order to be successful, and the same way with women," said Shane Windmeyer, director of Campus Pride, a resource network dedicated to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender college students.

At the center of the controversy is whether men's and women's colleges should allow transgender or nongender-conforming students to stay on campus when the purpose of same-sex schools is to cater to a single gender. Same-sex schools continue to admit only a single sex, but once the student is enrolled, the rules are less clear.

Most schools don't have specific policies to address nongender-conforming or transgender students, said Genny Beemyn, who has studied transgender issues on campus and is on the board of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transgender people. Only a little more than 300 out of 4,000 colleges have added gender status to their nondiscrimination protection clauses.

"Colleges don't think they have a need to do it, and in my opinion, that's a wrong mindset," Beemyn said. "It's reactionary, and it's waiting until you have a crisis before you do anything."

In 2003, a student-led initiative at Smith College replaced gender-specific language in the student government constitution such as "she" and "her" with more neutral terms. Other students have advocated for gender inclusiveness through the National Student Genderblind Campaign, a grassroots network that promotes gender-neutral policies.

Patricia VandenBerg, communications director at Mount Holyoke College, said the school does not have a specific policy to address transgender students or nongender-conforming students -- the only hard rule is that Mount Holyoke can admit only women.

"We admit women," VandenBerg said. "We graduate students. They develop as they develop."

On Morehouse's quaint campus, signs banning women's clothing are visible inside buildings. The rules have been strictly enforced, students say.

Last year, administrators implemented a dress code that no longer allowed women's apparel, including dresses, tops, purses and pumps. The administration declined to comment on the dress code, and the rules still stand, said Elise Durham, media relations manager at Morehouse.

Read about Morehouse's clothing ban passed last year

Kevin Webb, a Morehouse senior and president of the gay student group Safe Space, said parts of the dress code contradict the school's historic tradition of acceptance. He said the school should embrace a wide spectrum of male students, instead of imposing a narrow definition of masculinity.

"We are all humans, students," he said. "We should be able to experience things, including cross-dressing. If we take those moments away, we have failed them during the four years. We haven't allowed them to grow."

Identifying with a different gender can be challenging on college campuses, according to The 2010 "State of Higher Education for LGBT People" report by Campus Pride. The survey examined responses from more than 5,000 students, faculty members and administrators at colleges and universities across the U.S. and found that respondents who identified as transmasculine, transfeminine and nongender-conforming experienced higher rates of harassment.

Nearly 40 percent of transfeminine and transmasculine respondents experienced harassment on campus, the study showed. About 31 percent of nongender-conforming students experienced harassment.

In comparison, the study found that about 20 percent of men and women experienced harassment.

Phillip Hudson, 21, who identifies as androgynous, was a student at Morehouse studying communications last year when the women's clothing ban took place. Towering at more than 6-foot-4, he liked wearing makeup and lip gloss. He often sported his Marc Jacobs tote bag and Ugg boots on campus.

His fashion choices and sexuality sometimes brought harassment and ridicule on campus, he said.

"I do understand it's an all-male school," said Hudson, who transferred to a college in Florida this year. "If you want to have a uniform for us to wear, that's fine, but don't pass policies that are specifically targeting a few people."

Kevin Murphy, now 25, who entered Mount Holyoke as a woman and graduated as a man, said the school was safe and supportive. However, there were many times when he still felt left out.

"I often felt very lonely and lost a lot of people I cared about," he wrote in an e-mail.

Cade, a 19-year-old student from California at Mount Holyoke studying computer science, identifies as gender queer and is transitioning to become a male. Cade is planning on taking hormones this year.

"It's a very small percentage of the population that has that reaction," said Cade, who declined to give a last name for privacy reasons. "A lot times, it's, 'This is a women's space. Why are you here?' "

While little has been studied about nongender-conforming students on same-sex campuses, some academics are beginning to examine the issue. The topic also became a part of a Sundance documentary show called "TransGeneration" in 2005.

Colleges may view allowing the opposite gender -- or what is perceived to be the opposite gender -- to remain on campus to be damaging to the school's reputation, explains Susan Marine, assistant dean of student life at Harvard College in Massachusetts, who wrote a dissertation on women's colleges and transgender students.

After interviewing more than 30 administrators at women's colleges, Marine said there are concerns that alumni will react negatively to the idea of allowing cross-dressing or nongender-conforming students on campus. As a result, they could refuse to donate money to the school.

"The colleges are in a very unique position," she said. "How do they preserve their identity when student identities are being called into question?"

Some students say their same-sex colleges are welcoming when it comes to changing genders.

At Smith College, Roth, 20, said he was admitted to the school as a woman. He says he grew up in a conservative Asian-American household and was surprised to encounter a "whatever floats your boat mentality" from fellow Smith classmates.

During the second semester of his freshman year in 2009, he started taking hormones. He underwent top surgery last summer, a process that included the removal of his breasts.

"It [Smith] definitely helped me transition faster," said Roth, who, even as a man, was elected junior class president last year.

Seems to me the simplest thing to do would be to simply have the student transfer to a college or university where gender isn't an issue.

I don't see why the centuries'-old tradition of a school should be changed to support a handful of students who will be there for a short time and then graduate and leave.

In the words of the immortal Dr. Spock ... I believe that "the needs of the many (should) outweigh the needs of the few .. or the one."  If there is a sudden conflict of gender ... it is not with the college who has been around for hundreds of years ... it is with the individual who is just now finding out who he or she is.

It seems to me that it is much easier for a student to move around and find a place that better accommodates their needs than it is for an entire university system to change their mission and tradition to accommodate a student.
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I'll tell you how they can settle this issue once and for all (because it is going to come up again); give the student a DNA test, and whatever gender the DNA test says the student is should be how the student should have to dress.
It is not that simple. There are intersex people like the South African runner Caster  Semenya. There are XY females (with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome) who go their whole lives not knowing that they are genetically male. It usually only is discovered if they investigate their infertility. Genetics alone will not solve such situations.
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There are intersex people like the South African runner Caster  Semenya. There are XY females (with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome) who go their whole lives not knowing that they are genetically male.

In that case, the student can chose, and not the school.  See, I told you I could settle the issue once and for all.
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Seems to me the simplest thing to do would be to simply have the student transfer to a college or university where gender isn't an issue. I don't see why the centuries'-old tradition of a school should be changed to support a handful of students who will be there for a short time and then graduate and leave. In the words of the immortal Dr. Spock ... I believe that "the needs of the many (should) outweigh the needs of the few .. or the one." If there is a sudden conflict of gender ... it is not with the college who has been around for hundreds of years ... it is with the individual who is just now finding out who he or she is. It seems to me that it is much easier for a student to move around and find a place that better accommodates their needs than it is for an entire university system to change their mission and tradition to accommodate a student.
Definitely, I think that's the point that perfectly settles (sorry Sunnubian) what really is not that complicated an issue.  If who you are presents a gender identity issue, then just enroll in a coed institution.

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