Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Gay Morehouse students make Vibe Mag

Posted By on Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 3:13 PM

A group of gender-bending Atlanta students were profiled in the October issue of Vibe Magazine, part of the feature "The Mean Girls of Morehouse." Diamond Poulin, Brian Alston and Michael Leonard, all former or current Morehouse College students, found themselves in the midst of a controversy when the school instituted a dress code that prohibited students from wearing women's clothing. Dr. William Bynum, Jr., Morehouse's vice president for Student Services, was even quoted intimating the restriction was targeted specifically toward their clique, saying, “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.”

And school isn't the only place they've been hassled for their lifestyle.

Back in September, CL interviewed Poulin, Alston, Leonard and their roommate Eric LaPrince for "Victim of Hate," a cover piece about recent crimes perpetrated against members of Atlanta's LGBT community. The boys, who share an apartment in East Lake, were harassed on several occasions — their front door kicked in, their cars stolen and vandalized — by a group of neighborhood kids and teens, and just for being gay. The Vibe article makes no mention of their trials at East Lake, focusing mostly on the boys' feelings of disenfranchisement at school. “We know our lives aren’t really reflective of the Morehouse gay black experience,” Alston told Vibe. “And Morehouse has enough issues dealing with just the gay community. They don’t know what to do with us.”

Click here to read the Vibe piece in its entirety.

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