Brotherhood: Gay Life in College Fraternities

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Shane L. Windmeyer
Alyson Books, 2005 - Education - 328 pages
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Since the 1998 publication of his groundbreaking book "Out on Fraternity Row," editor and Lambda 10 Project founder Shane Windmeyer has witnessed many changes in the reception and treatment of gay fraternity members: "We have made tremendous progress on men coming out to their brothers and being more likely to find acceptance due to the credo 'once a brother, always a brother, ' but the new challenge and logical next boundary to break down for the fraternity closet is rushing openly gay." His new book, "Brotherhood," is a bold step in that direction. Windmeyer reveals a 10-year perspective of progress on gay issues within college fraternities and suggests a 10-year plan to continue educational efforts for further systemic implementation to combat homophobia in fraternities. Windmeyer and others involved in the Lambda 10 Project provide valuable articles on:

Hazing and homophobia
Trials and tribulations of rushing openly gay
How to be an ally to a gay brother
Passing sexual orientation in a fraternity nondiscrimination statement

And in addition to new, true accounts by gay fraternity members about their experiences coming out over the past decade, "Brotherhood "includes numerous stories by gay men concerning the reception they received when they did not hide their sexual orientation while rushing.

This is a must-read book for high school advisors, anyone involved in college life, and young men intent on rushing a fraternity.

Shane Windmeyer (Phi Delta Theta) is the co-editor of "Out on Fraternity Row "and the founder of the Lambda 10 Project, a clearinghouse for gay fraternity issues. His educational work as an activist on gay fraternity issues has been profiled in "TIME," "The New York Times," "Rolling Stone," "The Advocate," and "Out," and on the websites "UMagazine," "mtvU," "Salon," and elsewhere. He is also co-editor of "Secret Sisters "and the author of "Inspiration for LGBT Students & Their Allies." He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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