Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Undoing Greek Homophobia

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Undoing Greek Homophobia

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My sexuality has never been an issue for my fraternity brothers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining Phi Sigma Kappa, I made it clear that I would not hide it, and they accepted me as a brother anyway. But other fraternities are not as accepting. A close friend of mine was assaulted by his "brothers" when they found out he is gay.

So I decided I had to do something to combat Greek homophobia on campus. I founded Greek Allies as a means to build a bridge between two communities that have traditionally been linked only in secret. Any gay fraternity brother who was "straight until graduation" would probably agree tiffs was a long time in coming. I received the support of Dan Bureau, the assistant dean of students and coordinator of Greek affairs at Illinois, and at the beginning of the school year we started to spread the word.

I facilitated our first educational workshop, which was a milestone in our efforts to raise awareness in the Greek community. …

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