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Canada Gets Its First Openly Gay Fraternity

Although America has 28 chapters of Delta Lambda Phi (DLP), an all-gay fraternity, the icy expanses of Canada haven’t been infiltrated.

Until now! Sam Reisler has started a chapter at Montreal‘s McGill University—and nearly 20 rushees officially became brothers during a super-secret ceremony this past weekend, reports the Toronto Star.

“I thought they’d not be as accepting of gays. For me, frat guys were guys who liked to drink, party and get girls. But the more I found out the more that stereotype didn’t really exist,” said chapter president Daniel D’Alimonte (above left, with Reisler).

None of the straights on campus seemed to mind, but there was a beef with the more left-leaning corners of campus: Some students complained the group was sexist for excluding girls. (The Greek system is apparently not that big in the Great White North.)

And the LGBT student group Queer McGill wasn’t happy with the language the frat used to define potential members: “males and those who identify as male.” According to Queer McGill administrator Elyse Lewis, it sounded like trans men were “just pretending to be men.”  The boys of DLP agreed to reword their literature and the two groups plan to work closely in the future.

From all appearances, DLP doesn’t seem all that different from other fraternities, with one obvious complication: Dating another brother is discouraged, it but even Reisler admits it’s so inevitable.

 

Photos: Delta Lambda Phi, CTV

By:           Evan Mulvihill
On:           Feb 6, 2012
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  • 8 Comments
    • JayKay
      JayKay

      “Some students complained the group was sexist for excluding girls.”
      “LGBT student group Queer McGill wasn’t happy with the language the frat used to define potential members: “males and those who identify as male.” According to Queer McGill administrator Elyse Lewis, it sounded like trans men were ‘just pretending to be men.'”

      Jesus Christ, liberals will bitch about anything.

      If they want to start a frat for gay men born with a Y-chromosome, who gives a shit?

      Feb 6, 2012 at 9:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ifuleave
      ifuleave

      I find these official gay frat’s kind of useless. At my school and any other college I’ve visited that had a big greek scene, there were always one or two frats that were the “gay” frats, in that the members were traditionally gay.

      Feb 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeff
      Jeff

      I agree ifuleave. ALL frats and even sororities usually wind up having at least one or even a few gay or bisexual member in them even if they’re closeted or not out, or if they’re out. There’s even a sorority for Trans people too.

      Feb 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Knifethin
      Knifethin

      Most fraternities do have gay members, but it is different to be a part of an organization that has one or two gay members, compared to one that is all gay. There’s nothing like being in a group of people who understands your life experiences the same way as you do. I know plenty of gay guys who are in other fraternities that look to us in DLP and say “Damn, I kind of wish I had rushed you guys instead.” Straight men, called “Progressive Men” are allowed to join DLP as well, though.

      Feb 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chuck
      Chuck

      IMHO, “straight” frats are gayer than Michael Bolton sitting on a rainbow unicorn’s horn anyway. We all know what they’re secretly doing in those houses of theirs.

      Feb 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • brother
      brother

      Just saying that I’m a brother of Delta Lambda Phi in the US and it’s nice to have a community of gays who aren’t just about the politics. We’re also about having traditional frat fun, just as a big inclusive group.

      Feb 6, 2012 at 11:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Luke
      Luke

      To clarify, the members who were initiated were not Rushees but Neophytes. Additionally, Sam started the Chapter as an Interest Group around three years ago, which became a Colony roughly two years ago.

      Feb 7, 2012 at 1:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Beta Theta Pi ~kai~
      Beta Theta Pi ~kai~

      Greek lettered Organization are full of homosexuals, repressed and other wise. It sorta an oxymoron to assumed that none are there. I am proud to have been one of the fellas who have decided to come out durring my active years and to help pave the way for all others behind me. It was the nineties and times were so different.

      It was important to me to show that fraternity life was as varried as the individuals in it. No it was not always easy, but I was very vissible and involved in my community and on campus.

      So for all those who are interested in greek life via joining a fraternity or sorority, be yourself, do your research and go for it!!

      For those who are not interested, there are a bevy of organization to which you can be a part of!!

      I hear ya MIAKAS out there!! Skee Wee!! :)

      Feb 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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