Update: In the comments below, kevinchi gave us the link to The Maroon Tiger posting of the article Is Gay the Way? The first link I provided had been to a differently titled, syndicated version of the same article on the Black College Wire: When does gay tolerance go too far?

The text by Gaynor regarding “sex change operation[s]” isn’t in The Maroon Tiger version of the article, while it is included in the Daily Voice (Black College Wire) version of the article. So, in other words, the Morehouse College student publication version of the article was more edited than the version of the article syndicated by Black College Wire.


From New York’s Daily Voice, by Gerren Gaynor, the Associate Opinions Editor of Morehouse College’s student newspaper (emphasis added):

Gerren K. Gaynor, the Associate Opinions Editor for The Maroon Tiger (the Morehouse College student newspaper)…I’m all for being who you are. If you like women, go on and date women. If you like men, be my guest and date men. But if you are born a man, you should be just that–a man. If I have to look twice to tell if I’m looking at a man or woman on an all-male campus, then something is tragically wrong.

At this rate, Morehouse College may find itself in a difficult situation. What happens if and when one of our gay Morehouse brothers decides to go the next step and undergo a sex-change operation, and is then physically considered to be a woman? Does Morehouse have the right to ask that student to leave?

A massive population of feminine males and possible transgender students could critically damage the reputation of Morehouse and perhaps decline the amount of admissions, significantly impacting the college. Would it be wrong for Morehouse to implement a new acceptance procedure in which they are required to interview students, in an attempt to decrease gay population?

Now of course such a process is not likely to succeed, however something must be done before Morehouse College, an all “male” Black institution, becomes something quite the opposite in the years to come…

The argument here about “sex-change operation[s]” is one of the most bizarre arguments regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people and/or issues that I’ve ever seen from a college journalist, and as an amateur news archiver I’ve seen a lot of unusual arguments. Obviously, Gerren K. Gaynor doesn’t know very many real world gay or trans people to come up with this “sex-change operation” argument; Gaynor’s argument speaks to his extreme ignorance about all issues and people LGBT.

And, that Gerren Gaynor is an editor(!) at the Morehouse College student publication The Maroon Tiger says a lot to me. If this piece is what passes for college journalism, then 1.) the particular editor that edited Gaynor’s piece needs to be immersed in the Associated Press Stylebook to avoid the kind of offensive language that Gaynor used throughout his piece, and 2.) black homobigotry and transbigotry aren’t likely being adequately confronted at Morehouse College.

There is just so much that’s wrong with how this piece by Gaynor is written — even for a loony opinion piece — that its editor for it should have been vigorously waving red flags. That neither Gaynor or his editor for this particular piece waved those flags regarding Gaynor’s offensive language and blatant ignorance regarding the LGBT people he was commenting on is by itself a sad commentary — a sad commentary found at a juncture of homobigotry, transbigotry, and a pretty significant African-American institution of higher learning.

I sure hope this level of bigotry and ignorance is limited to the handful of people directly involved with this piece. I really, really do.

Autumn Sandeen

Autumn Sandeen

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