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Morehouse College to Offer LGBT History Course

Post submitted by Matt Aycock, HRC’s Youth & Campus Outreach Intern

The nation’s only all-male historically black college will soon offer its first-ever course centered on African-American LGBT history and politics.

Morehouse College’s student newspaper, The Maroon Tiger, reports that "History and Culture of Black LGBT" is now open for registration, with classes beginning in the spring of 2013.  Yale University professor Dr. Jafari S. Allen will teach the class via Skype.

The course represents a recent collaboration between Morehouse’s gay-straight student alliance SafeSpace and the college’s Department of Sociology. The interdisciplinary course will examine the intersections of race, gender and sexuality, as well as shine light on influential black and LGBT activists. In September, the college also announced a new scholarship program modeled after openly gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.

In recent years, Morehouse made headlines after a string of reports of anti-gay violence on campus.  However, the course reflects a concerted effort led by college president Dr. Robert M. Franklin to support Morehouse’s increasingly visible LGBT subculture.

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