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The Students That Morehouse College Wants To Dress More Manly

Diamond Martin Poulin (pictured), a 20-year-old college student who wears heels and skirts, refers to his group of friends as the Plastics (yes, a Mean Girls nod), and they’re the non-confirming male matriculators that had Morehouse College in Atlanta banning cross-dressing on campus. “I’ve always been into clothes, shoes, hair and everything,” says Diamond, who who grew up in Rhode Island and, for the record, does identify as a gay man — one who just happens to like women’s clothes. Though he does say he might transition to being a woman. “My mother says I always played dress-up in her clothes, my grandmother’s clothes,” continues Diamond, who left Morehouse for another school. “I’d even get my brother to do it sometimes. That’s just always been me—pushing the envelope of what I’m supposed to be as a man.” Brian Alston, 21, and Michael Leonard, 19, identify as androgynous, but still study at Morehouse, which means they dress “like men,” or at least enough to meet the rules. Not that they’re making friends with The Gays: “The gays hate us,” says Brian. “It’s because we have a certain aura,” add Michael. “We don’t care what people think about us when it comes to how we dress and carry ourselves. Some people are uncomfortable with it.” Indeed: Some of Morehouse’s out gay students backed the new dress code. “We respect the identity and choices of all young men at Morehouse,” says Dr. William Bynum, Jr., vice president for Student Services, who was the one defending the new policy when the outcry began. “However, the Morehouse leadership development model sets a certain standard of how we expect young men to dress, and this attire does not fit within the model. Our proper attire policy expresses that standard.” The school’s dress code also bans saggy pants and head rags; male students can still be seen wearing both. [Vibe]