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Brotherhood: Gay Life in College Fraternities Paperback – October 1, 2005

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About the Author

Shane Windmeyer is the coeditor of Out on Fraternity Row, and Secret Sisters.He is the founder of the Lambda 10 Project, a clearinghouse for gay fraternity issues. His work has been profiled in Time, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and on the Web sites UMagazine, mtvU, Salon, and elsewhere. He lives in Charlotte, N.C.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555838561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555838560
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,982,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric B. Asselstine on October 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a great book that follows "Out on Fraternity Row". Although I have yet to read every account in this book, the diversity of these men's experiences makes the reader grab hold of reality and realize how "taboo" society has made homosexuality and how society is progressing and in some ways not progressing, even regressing. This book is a must have and a great teaching tool against homophobia and it sheds light on the fact that gays are normal people. BUY IT!
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By SAEguy on November 8, 2005
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Score another victory for the gay Greeks. This 2nd installment takes the groundbreaking work of "Out on Fraternity Row" to a higher level. This book manages to be informative, educational, and even a bit sexy. All in all, a good read.
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This anthology of stories is a must-read for any person working with fraternity and sorority members. The experiences shared are heartfelt, sincere, comforting and eye-opening to the experience of men discovering their identity in the midst of a college fraternity experience. Just as well done as "Out on Fraternity Row", but even more powerful.
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Even though I graduated from college, I often wondered if joining a fraternity is really something that most guys should try? Now I kind have the answer.

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.
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