Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity

Out on Fraternity Row: Personal Accounts of Being Gay in a College Fraternity

by Shane Windmeyer
     
 
Brotherhood, friendship and a chance to belong is the promise held out to young college men by campus fraternities. But what if the young man happens to be gay? Will his brothers accept him, or will he lose his friendships, his comrades, and his community? Over thirty men join voices in this emotionally charged and important anthology to tell their individual stories

Overview

Brotherhood, friendship and a chance to belong is the promise held out to young college men by campus fraternities. But what if the young man happens to be gay? Will his brothers accept him, or will he lose his friendships, his comrades, and his community? Over thirty men join voices in this emotionally charged and important anthology to tell their individual stories of coming out or keeping silent, and how this decision changed their fraternal experience, their view of themselves, and even their lives.

Editorial Reviews

Greg Herren
Out on Fraternity Row, edited by Shane Windmeyer and Pamela Freeman is a collection of memoirs written by gay men about their experiences in their college fraternities. Windmeyer created the Lambda 10 project in 1995 to help support gay fraternity men and women and to educate others about issues of homophobia within the college Greek system. The recent murder of Matthew Shepard and the Pi Kappa Alpha homecoming float at Colorado State that condoned the attack on Shepard are further proof that a book like this is sorely needed.

The stories themselves are compelling and varied. Some of the men had good Greek experiences, even the men who were openly gay. Other stories are frightening. There are many stories in this book about fear: fear of violence, fear of discovery. Some of the writers have never come out to their fraternity brothers; others have, but only after graduation. As many of the writers point out, most fraternities have mottoes promoting diversity, yet the reality of homophobia is frightening.

This book should be required reading for every college freshmen. Perhaps by reading about the experiences of these men, their eyes would be opened to the ugliness of homophobia, hate and fear. Impact - New Orleans,

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555834098
Publisher:
Alyson Publications
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
5.77(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.79(d)

Meet the Author

Shane Windmeyer is the editor of Brotherhood, the cofounder of the Lambda 10 Project, and the founder and coordinator of Campus PrideNet, an online community and resource network for student leaders and campus organizations working to create a safer college environment for GLBT students. His work as an activist has been profiled in Time, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Advocate, and Out.

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