From colony to chap­ter and more

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the Delta Lambda Phi colony at Ge­or­gia State.

Bass, a 21-year-old se­nior, joined Delta Lambda Phi as part of that al­pha class that formed at Ge­or­gia State in 2013.

“I had come from a very con­ser­va­tive neigh­bor­hood in West Cobb,” he says. “I wanted to branch out. I wanted to do what you’re sup­posed to do in col­lege: learn about your­self, learn new things. I knew I was gay and I felt like this was a great op­por­tu­nity to meet gay peo­ple with­out fear of re­la­tion­ship stress.”

So re­la­tion­ships among fra­ter­nity mem­bers are frowned upon?

“It’s not frowned upon,” he ex­plains. “You just have to be adult about it. You have to put the brother­hood first.”

Other fra­ter­ni­ties on cam­pus ‘very much ac­cept­ing’

Delta Lambda Phi op­er­ates like any other fra­ter­nity on cam­pus, with a mix of so­cial events and com­mu­nity ser­vice projects (most of which are cur­rently done with Open Hand At­lanta, but Bass says they’re look­ing to get in­volved with Lost-n-Found Youth too).

And they are part of the school’s In­ter­fra­ter­nity Coun­cil (IFC), a group of five es­tab­lished and ac­tive fra­ter­ni­ties on Ge­or­gia State’s cam­pus. Know­ing the stereo­types about some fra­ter­ni­ties, are there any side­ways glances at the gay fra­ter­nity dur­ing IFC meet­ings?

“It’s kind of funny. They ac­tu­ally very much are ac­cept­ing of us, which was re­fresh­ing be­cause we were afraid it wasn’t go­ing to hap­pen,” Bass says. “They see us as their equals. Even though we’re not part of their spe­cific Greek or­ga­ni­za­tion, we are all broth­ers in their eyes. They al­ways in­clude us in stuff and they al­ways sup­port us when we in­clude them in our stuff.”

The broth­ers of the colony at Delta Lambda Phi are in the process of rais­ing the $900 fee they need to sub­mit a char­ter­ing packet by Dec. 1 in the hopes of be­com­ing a chap­ter. And while they don’t have a fra­ter­nity house on cam­pus (not rare for a com­muter school like Ge­or­gia State), they do hope to in the fu­ture.

Mean­while, they’ll con­tinue to re­cruit more mem­bers be­yond the seven they have now—and that re­cruit­ment is partly fo­cused on those who wouldn’t con­sider them­selves the “typ­i­cal” frat boy.

“We’re reach­ing out as part of our spe­cific colony to peo­ple who wouldn’t nor­mally join a fra­ter­nity,” Bass says. “That’s what a lot of us are in this colony are peo­ple who nor­mally wouldn’t join a fra­ter­nity but when we heard about a gay one, that’s when we got in­ter­ested.”

The fresh­man Meyer was one such stu­dent. He says he was re­cruited by sev­eral other fra­ter­ni­ties when he ar­rived on cam­pus but wasn’t in­ter­ested—that was un­til Her­aghty walked through the door that day in Jan­uary.

“Be­fore join­ing, I’d never re­ally been a part of the gay com­mu­nity and it’s some­thing that I’ve al­ways de­sired be­cause I’ve felt very shel­tered for most of my life in re­gards to the ‘big gay world,’” Meyer says. “So it was like the door­way to all of that—hav­ing older gay men un­der­stand me and who could men­tor me and guide me and be a role model.”

Novem­ber 11, 2016

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