A request by gay and bisexual students to form a "progressive lifestyle fraternity" at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has been rejected by the university.
Details after the jump.
The fraternity, while actively seeking gay, bisexual, and transgender members, would also be open to straight individuals that were open to "brotherhood" with LGBT students.
South Florida Gay News learned of the university's rejection of the fraternity's constitution on Thursday Sept. 13. According to SFGN, "The fraternity would have been the first of its kind in Louisiana, with its primary goal of offering students who are questioning their sexuality, or oppressed as a result of it, a place where they can find support while they maneuver the regular obstacles faced by not only all students, such as leaving home for the first time and loneliness, but also bigotry and hate from students who might otherwise discriminate against them."
The fraternity was apprently given no reason as to why their petition was rejected. A rejected constitution also prevents the group from fundraising, so it's unclear how or if they'll move forward.
Interestingly, SFGN spoke with university spokesman and Director of Communications, Aaron Martin. Martin claims that both the offices of University President and Student Affairs have not seen the constitution and he doesn’t know of an organizational committee on campus that would have rejected the fraternity’s constitution.
So apparently no one at the university is taking responsibility for rejecting the fraternity's constitution?
The group's Greek advisor, faculty member Lindsey Hobbs reviewed their constitution said that "it looked good and didn’t exclude anyone" which was the group's main focus.
If the University isn't going to own their decision and provide a reason for it, what's to stop the fraternity from moving forward?
And FYI, the students voluntarily included a provision in the constitution that would ban fraternity members from dating each other.
We clearly don't see where the fun is in that, but at least the students are attempting to show that this frat isn't just a way to create easy proximity to ass.
How do you think they should proceed, Instincters? Was the fraternity discriminated againt because they're specifically LGBT-inclusive?