UCF Pledge Says Fraternity Kicked Him Out For Being Gay
George Dumont, a sophomore at the University of Central Florida, took to YouTube recently to share his story of allegedly being kicked out of Beta Theta Pi's 2013 pledge process five days before acceptance because he's gay.
Dumont shares a screenshot of a text message conversation he had with other fraternity members after he received news that he was kicked out.
Dumont: “Was there a reason why?”
Fraternity friend (name blacked out): “They were ‘uncomfortable’ with things that were said. Aka they are homophobic. It’s disgusting and caused a late night meeting with me almost pulling my own pin."
Dumont did file a complaint with the school, but waited until February 4th to do so. He spoke with Clay Coleman, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, who arranged a meeting with Beta Theta Pi President Nathanael Jones as well as the frat's chapter president. In that meeting, Jones insisted that the men in his frat "have several openly gay brothers. Coleman didn't report much else from the conversation, but does say that he met again with the frat's representatives on March 18 "regarding concern."
The school's glacial pace on handling the issue has allowed the frat to release an official statement to steer the scandal in its favor:
“The men of Beta Theta Pi are certainly disappointed by the recent video statement indicating our chapter is intolerant based upon one’s sexual orientation,” Jones says in the statement. “Consistent with how our Fraternity passed legislation in 2006 codifying that sexual orientation cannot be used as a basis for determining one’s membership, a gay student who also belonged to our pledge class last fall was initiated as a full member in November and is now enjoying the full rights and responsibilities of Beta membership.
"Our brothers have gay relatives and gay friends, and we have long prided ourselves on being an inclusive fraternity that values diversity in all forms – no matter the race, religion, creed, nationality, age, socio-economic background, disability or sexual orientation. Of course, it is naturally difficult for all involved any time an individual is released from membership – whether it be during the pledging process or as a fully initiated member – but our hope is that everyone can move forward positively and in support of each other’s goals and aspirations in the months and years to come.”
That brings us to Dumont's YouTube video. To put pressure on the school's investigation and the issue itself, Dumont joined a friend to bring his story public attention by creating the video.
What do you think about the issue, Instincters?