Morehouse College’s New Dress Code Prohibits Cross-Dressing

Morehouse College, the highly selective liberal arts college for African-American men in Atlanta, has instituted a new dress code. The Morehouse “Appropriate Dress Policy” prohibits students from wearing hats or sunglasses indoors. Students cannot wear pajamas outside or go barefoot on campus. Do-rags and sagging pants are not permitted anywhere on campus.

But a more controversial provision prohibits Morehouse men from wearing women’s clothes. The dress code says that students cannot wear makeup, women’s clothes, or high heels. Morehouse men cannot carry purses. William Bynum, vice president for student services at Morehouse College, explained, “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.”