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Member of Morehouse "Mean Girls" Speaks On Campus Harassment

It is no secret that the Black community has a tendency to embrace homophobic precepts. We teach our little boys to be tough, not to cry and that any sign of weakness or emotion makes them look soft or alludes to them being gay. The last thing a Black man wants to be in our society is gay. So, when Phillip Hudson decided to attend Morehouse College, a traditionally Black, male school, he hoped that his fellow “brothas” would help mold him into a man his parents would be proud of. Phillip is a 20-year-old gay man. What Phillip did not know is the harassment he and his four friends, who were also gay, were going to experience daily on campus; not only from other students, but from the administration as well. Phillip and his friends, who were nicknamed “The Plastics” (a group of popular teenage females from the movie Mean Girls) by other Morehouse students, have become the voice of the victims of gay bashing at Morehouse College. They speak for those who may be too ashamed to embrace themselves and be openly gay Black men. Phillip and his friends are brave homosexual students, who are willing to share not only their triumphs, but the tragedies and constant harassment they encountered while attending Morehouse College.

BitchieLife: You attended Morehouse College. This is an all-male school. It is also an HBCU. How long did you attend Morehouse.

Phillip Hudson: I went to Morehouse for two years.

BitchieLife: During your time there you were harassed regularly. Why were you harassed and when did it first begin?

Phillip: I was harassed for being an openly gay male. The harassment kind of began during the first few days of me being there. I pretty much decided on Morehouse because I wanted to get experience in being more masculine. I thought since it was an all-male school, it would give me insight on how to be more masculine. The first day I was there, I was overwhelmed with stares. I was called “fag.” People were laughing at me. Then, there were some days that weren’t as bad. At the dorms, everyone respected me for who I was. Outside the dorms, that is where people were different with me.  I would sometimes wait on my friends to come with me to the cafeteria, just so I could have some support. I would have loved to have gone to more activities on campus but we were not welcomed.  Some days, I did not want to go to class. Eventually, as time goes by you become numb to it.

BitchieLife: Why did you feel the need to be more masculine at that point in your life?

Phillip: I grew up in church, so I was not allowed to be gay or even have homosexual thoughts. At the time, my dad and I had a lot of conflicts. I really wanted to have a relationship with my father. To some degree, it was for approval. However, once I did get in, he still had negative things to say. He still didn’t approve, but I figured that since I put in all the time and effort toward getting in, then I might as well stay.

BitchieLife: When you went there, you immediately started experiencing harassment. What kind of things were happening?

Phillip: Bullying. They put an article in the Morehouse newspaper talking negatively about me. They made really mean and hurtful comments. People would throw things at me while I was walking on Brown Street. There were a couple of times where I had to get in people’s faces and tell them, “I don’t know you. I stay to myself. Why won’t you leave me alone?”  It was at the extent that the first time I walked into the cafeteria at Morehouse, everybody dropped their spoons and all eyes were on me. I was thinking to myself, “I look like a boy. I don’t look like a girl. What is the problem?” But, I am different. I’m tall, I had twists in my hair, I had a little bit of makeup on, but I was dressed like a boy. I had on jeans and a T-shirt, yet they stared. That is when I came to the realization that no matter how I dressed, they were going to stare and have something to say. So, I figured I might as well be who I am.

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Finally Can Say I Graduated High School Class Of 2020 We Lit 🔥 Now What College Should I Go To? 🧐 And To Celebrate We Gonna Drop SMASH TONIGHT 🔥🌊 BERKMAR HIGH NAWFSIDE BABY

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