PHOTO: The front page (center bottom) and center spread of Oregon State University's student newspaper featured some of the new members of the recently colonized IFC gay fraternity Δ Λ Φ (aka Delta Lambda Phi) that "focuses on creating a space for men of all sexual orientations and gender expressions to have the traditional Greek experience on campus." (See online version of the weekly print edition of story by Anna Weeks Greek Peek Blog Manager, "Fostering inclusivity - Delta Lambda Phi colonizes at OSU, IFC Fraternity to focus on creating an inclusive environment within the Greek system, support LGBTQ+ community," OSU Barometer weekly print edition, Oct. 31, 2016, p. 1, 8-9)
The new OSU gay frat Δ Λ Φ is being spearheaded by the OSU student Cory Zimmerman (listed as an Interior Design major in the student directory.oregonstate.edu accessed Nov. 21, 2015) who last year wrote an essay on being gay. (See previous post OSU 'I am gay' writing class essay printed as paid advertisement in student newspaper (11/24/15) that includes my analysis of his essay.)
Some selected quotes from the above student newspaper article:
"Founded by gay men for all men," part of DLP's mission statement, summarizes the fraternity's goal to create a place within the fraternal system that enhances the quality of life among men irrespective of sexual orientation or gender expression.
On Oct. 22, Delta Lambda Phi was installed as an Interfraternity Council colony and invited 10 pledges into the nationally recognized brotherhood.
Delta Lambda Phi was founded in 1986 in Washington D.C.
Those that helped bring DLP to campus hope the chapter will provide a welcoming community for men who identify as gay, bisexual or transgender-as well as those who do not---and allow anyone who wants it to get a true fraternity experience.
Cory Zimmerman, the current DLP president and one of the individuals who worked to bring the fraternity to the OSU campus, had debated whether or not to participate in traditional recruitment while attending OSU.
(Quoted from Anna Weeks Greek Peek Blog Manager, "Fostering inclusivity. Delta Lambda Phi colonizes at OSU, IFC Fraternity to focus on creating an inclusive enironment within the Greek system, support LGBTQ+ community," OSU Barometer print edition, Oct. 31, 2016, p. 1, 8-9)
The publication of this story nicely complements the OSU Queer History Month story by Madilyn Sturges, "October is Queer History Month," Oregon State University Barometer, posted Oct. 13, 2016.
See previous posts OSU 'Greek Pads' features fraternity house Phi Delta Theta (1/1/12), Gay frat boy's election shows progress toward equality at OSU (5/2/12) and OSU 'Greek Pads' features fraternity house Phi Delta Theta (1/1/12).