You’d think that if Texas were to start a chapter of Delta Lambda Phi, the nation’s largest and oldest fraternity organization for gay and bisexual men, it’d be in freaky-deaky Austin, but the University of Texas El Paso, beat them to the punch. Not to be left behind, Russell van Kraayenburg (pictured) and friends have started their own awesome homo frat chapter at UT Austin.
The Austin American-Statesman reports:
“Since September, the members have met weekly at restaurants, cafes and other places near campus. It’s too soon to begin thinking about buying a house, said Joe Anderson, who helped launch the local chapter. They are focused on reaching out to students this semester to form their next pledge class.
“We are just excited to get the ball rolling,” Anderson said. “Our main goal is to serve as a resource and as mentors” to incoming students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.
UT has a number of groups for gay, bisexual and transgender students, but the Delta Lambda Phi members say going through an initiation process to become a brother forms stronger bonds.
“There’s no doubt that some people think that this might be the wrong way to go about it or might think that there is no reason we should even be participating in a Greek system,” van Kraayenburg said. “But I think those individuals think that the Greek system is flawed in general, and I don’t think so at all. I think the Greek system and the chance to become a brother or sister with a group of people is an amazing process.”