20-year-old college student Brian Stewart is pretty sure he was denied admission into the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity because he’s gay, and he’s doing something about it.
A student at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, Stewart wanted to join the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity (part of the “divine 9” historically African-American greek organizations) because his mentor was a brother, but was ultimately denied membership. Though his rejection letter made no mention of his sexual orientation, Stewart obtained social media messages and email conversations between current members from an unknown source that led him to believe that he was rejected for being gay.
According to Fox Baltimore, the messages contained anti-gay slurs and derogatory language, as well as the plan of fraternity members to “give him the perception of a fair and equal opportunity.”
Stewart is now uninterested in pledging the fraternity, but is filing a complaint with the university to bring awareness to the situation and is speaking out about the unfair treatment.
“I didn’t know I was going to have no control — that my interview meant nothing, my achievements meant nothing, because they had already made up their minds,” Stewart told The Baltimore Sun.
Morgan State University spokesperson Jarrett Carter, Sr. is adamantly speaking out against the perceived discrimination. “The university doesn’t tolerate or accept any kind of discrimination,” Carter said. “It’s something that the university takes very very seriously.