Spelman College has announced that they will admit transgender women students starting next year. The women's college said in a letter that they will admit those who consistently live and self-identify as women, regardless of their gender assignment at birth.
Spelman will have a committee to consider the impact on the campus resulting from the new policy.
The letter read in part, "Like same-sex colleges all over the country, Spelman is taking into account evolving definitions of gender identity in a changing world and taking steps to ensure that our policies and plans reflect those changes in a manner that is consistent with our mission and the law."
The historically black university recently made headlines for their partnership with feminist philanthropist and music mogul Beyonce. One student was awarded a one time $25,000 Formation Scholarship.
In a statement, Agnes Scott College said it already admits transgender students:
"Agnes Scott has provided opportunities for the past decade for our campus community to learn about gender identity and gender expression. The college has admitted students who identify as transgender for several years, and in 2015, our Board of Trustees amended our admission policies to reflect our commitment to trans-inclusion."
Morehouse College said it is also working on changing its policy:
"We applaud our sisters at Spelman College for their efforts to address the challenging and sensitive matter of gender identification. Morehouse supports every individual’s right to self-identification. As an all-men’s college whose mission is to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service, we recognize the importance of this discussion and its complexities. We will work closely with our faculty, students, staff, alumni and Board of Trustees to create a policy that is in line with the mission of our College."
In February after the Trump administration withdrew protections for transgender students in public schools, Beyonce posted support for trans students on her social media account saying "LGBTQ students need to now we support them."