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Gay Fraternity, Delta Lambda Phi

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A yellow rose is a symbol of Delta Lambda Phi

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Background:

Delta Lambda Phi is the only gay fraternity in the United States. Membership is open to gay, bisexual, and progressive straight men.

The fraternity was founded in 1986, after the establishment of a "trust to create a social fraternity that wouldn't discriminate based on sexual orientation; the donors regretted such an alternative organization did not exist during their formative years."

After beginning with just one chapter in 1986, Delta Lambda Phi chapters can now be found in 26 location across the states. Colonies, (or chapters in training) are also can be found in additional locations.

Purpose and Activities:

According to the Delta Lambda Phi mission, the fraternity was founded:

  • To provide dignified and purposeful, social, service, and recreational activities for progressive men, irrespective of sexual orientation.
  • To lead in determining the rights and privileges of individuals in society.
  • To promote a strong and positive image, which respects the diversity of all individuals, irrespective of sexual orientation.
In addition to social activities, Delta Lambda Phi also encourages community service. It suggests that members provide safer-sex education, and do projects that promote gay pride, brotherhood and personal growth.

Reasons for Joining:

Despite what people may think, most members aren't simply looking to increase their dating pool by joining Delta Lambda Phi. In fact, relationships between pledges and members are actually prohibited.

Typically, the frat appeals to those looking for a supportive community, a place to be openly gay, as well as the Greek life experience.

As one member explained in an interview with the magazine, The Advocate, "I wanted to be a part of a fraternity, but I didn't want to feel that I was going to be judged."

Find Out More:

Check out the Delta Lambda Phi website to find out what schools have chapters, or how to get a chapter at yours.

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