Idea spreads from D.C. to across the coun­try

GA Voice - - Georgianews -

Delta Lambda Phi was founded in 1986 by Ver­non L. Strick­land III and three other men well be­yond their col­lege years who ex­pressed re­gret at the lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties for so­cial en­gage­ment avail­able to gay men at the time. The so­cial groups that did ex­ist suf­fered from in­ter­nal di­vi­sion or were fo­cused on lit­tle more than sex, they said. So why not cre­ate a pro­gres­sive so­cial fra­ter­nity based on the col­le­giate model?

They did, and by the next year had re­cruited their first Delta Lambda Phi pledge class, even­tu­ally ini­ti­at­ing 24 men into full brother­hood in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. that April. The idea spread to cities and col­lege cam­puses around the coun­try, and there are now 35 Delta Lambda Phi chap­ters and colonies across the coun­try, in­clud­ing three chap­ters in Florida, a colony at Van­der­bilt Univer­sity in Nashville, Ten­nessee and the colony at Ge­or­gia State. But wait, “colony?”

The dif­fer­ence be­tween a chap­ter and a colony is that fra­ter­nity chap­ters have cer­tain se­crets (i.e. val­ues and ideas of the fra­ter­nity) and rit­u­als (like how pledges are in­ducted, or how pledges be­come broth­ers) that colonies aren’t privy to yet, ex­plains Chris Bass, pres­i­dent of

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