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Brotherhood: Gay Life in College Fraternities Paperback – October 1, 2005
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I just finished reading Mark Bigelow's story of "Odd man in." After he graduated college, and he offered to help his Tau Kappa Epsion to start a new chapter at another school - OSU. After the TKE national representative learned that Mark is gay, he told Mark that he will be in touch with him in a week. Three weeks later, Mark called that guy again, and that representation told him directly :"Thanks anyway, but I don't think that I'll need your help, and I think you know why." I instantly felt sad for him. Mark was accepted by his own fraternity, however, at the national level, he was rejected even though he was a true TKE brother. After all, all fraternities are formed by different kinds of guys with different ideas and opinions, it is simply impossible to form brotherhood with any random guy from the same fraternity, and expect that anyone can be accepted for whoever he is without any prejudice or discrimination. It is hard to keep in touch with friends after graduation, fraternity is a good way to continue this bond, however, some of the brothers are no different than the acquaintances, some of the brotherhood will fade away right after graduation.
This book also presented the racial discrimination among fraternities across the country. In "John Welles" story of "From the Haze," he wrote:"One fraternity even went as far as remaining exclusively white while the other fraternities had begun accepting blacks in recent years. That was in the late 1990's.Read more ›
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There are some amazing stories in this book. As a gay man who was greek, it is kinda funny to read about others experiences and reflect on some of my own.Published on October 16, 2009 by JD
"Brotherhood: Gay Life In College Fraternities" is the follow up to "Out on Fraternity Row", yet it delves deeper into the secrets of gay men who, in order to find acceptance in... Read morePublished on December 20, 2005 by Jonathan Vogel
Last century I read Out on Fraternity Row an edited compilation of personal accounts of being gay in the American college fraternity spanning the 1960s through the early `90s. Read morePublished on November 3, 2005 by Roger Wm Heineken