Morehouse College Will Accept Transgender Men (But Not Women)

Morehouse College, the uniquely black, male alma mater of Martin Luther King Jr., Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson, announced Saturday that it will begin accepting transgender men as students in fall 2020, reports NBC News.

College officials said in a statement that the new policy, approved by trustees, would not include “individuals who identify as women regardless of the sex assigned to them at birth.”

Students who transition to female during their time at the Atlanta school will not be eligible to graduate but can appeal to Morehouse’s president, officials said.

“I think Morehouse having the courage to speak to issues of masculinity in today’s environment is important,” Morehouse College President David Thomas told the Associated Press. “For 152 years, the world has, in some way, seen Morehouse as the West Point of black male development.”