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Baltimore Frat Under Fire for Allegedly Rejecting Gay Pledge

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Tuesday Oct 29, 2013
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Brian Stewart
Brian Stewart  (Source:Fox Baltimore)

A fraternity at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, is under investigation after its officials allegedly rejected a gay pledge, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Brian Stewart, 20, is accusing Alpha Iota, the Morgan State chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, that he was not accepted into the fraternity because of his sexuality. He says he found out he was allegedly discriminated against after a friend showed him an online discussion between two of the frat brothers, who used gay slurs and anti-gay language.

According to Fox Baltimore, Stewart, who interned for the White House, would not reveal how he got hold of the online conversation. But one of the messages allegedly says, "give him the perception of a fair and equal opportunity."

"I couldn’t even be angry because I was so hurt," Stewart told the Sun. He told Fox that he was hurt because he was hurt "because I’m still not good enough."

Jarrett Carter Sr., a spokesman for Morgan State, told the newspaper that the school’s officials are investigating the incident after Stewart, a business senior at the college filed a complaint last week.

"The university doesn’t tolerate or accept any kind of discrimination," Carter said. "It’s something that the university takes very very seriously." He also told the Sun that discrimination within fraternities and the entire school is against the university’s policy. Those found guilty of discrimination can face disciplinary action after a review by students, faculty and staff.

Stewart said he wanted to join Kappa Alpha Psi because his pastor and mentor was a member of the frat when he was in college.

"What he offered to me, I wanted the ability to offer that to someone else," Stewart told the Sun. Though he doesn’t want to be a member anymore, the student said he filed a complaint because he wants to raise awareness.

"I didn’t know I was going to have no control - that my interview meant nothing, my achievements meant nothing, because they had already made up their minds," Stewart said.

"If you don’t agree with how I live my life, that does not give you the right to cast negativity or derogatory slurs on what I do," he told Fox.

Comments

  • BlondieSL, 2013-10-29 17:08:11

    Brian, I know you probably won’t see this. But learn this. Don’t feel like you are the onewho is not good enough. It is in fact those young bigots who are not good enough. Never let anyone make you feel less, because by their own actions it is they who are being left behind in an advancing world. I wish that I could give you a warm comforting hug.


  • Anonymous, 2013-10-29 21:02:12

    Well said DerekJA


  • Nox, 2013-10-30 08:10:35

    Er...fraternities and sororities are snob institutions to begin with. Why anyone of any stripe would want to be a part of a group that, by its very nature is about exclusion, is beyond me.


  • Anonymous, 2013-11-01 10:25:27

    Hi Brian, I am so sorry that this happened to you. Yes, you do have a right to live your life in any manner you choose. Because it is your life. I know that the media can totally distort global perceptions of hot topics. An article quoted you as saying you got your info after a "friend showed you an online discussion between two of the frat brothers, who used gay slurs and anti-gay language." If your friend had access to this conversation, then he or she is involved also. Please don’t fool yourself. I’m going to stop for a moment to play devil’s advocate. If it’s okay for you to be free-spirited with your lifestyle, then is it not okay for people to not accept your lifestyle? Do they not have a choice? If your denial letter did not specifically say that you were being denied admission because of your sexual orientation, then perception is not 100% reality. I am a member of the Divine 9, not a Kappa. However, I will say there is no sense of entitlement to enter the Greek life. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, or whatever. It is my prayer that a resolution can be reached. You may want to become a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, but the gift you have may be better served in another fraternity. Hard, but it’s fair. I know that you are at a sensitive moment in your life, but please do not take offense to anything I said. Because at the end of the day it’s your life.


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