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Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Chapter Placed on Probation for Rejecting Pledge Because He's Gay

Back in October, Towleroad reported that Alpha Iota, the Morgan State University chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, was under investigation at Morgan State University in Baltimore for rejecting Brian Stewart, who pledged the fraternity because his pastor and mentor from his youth was a member.

StewartStewart is gay, and that's the reason he was rejected, he said, a fact he discovered when a friend showed him some anti-gay online banter between two frat brothers.

Over the Christmas holiday, the WaPo reported that in early December the fraternity was placed on probation until fall 2015, and barred from participating in university events or hosting its own as a result of the investigation:

Kappa Alpha Psi leaders at Morgan State, and at the fraternity’s national headquarters, did not challenge the authenticity of the text-message exchange when it first became public, and they did not return requests for comment on the university’s probation decision.

Although it is unclear exactly what happened with Stewart’s application, the incident exposes a growing tension at many HBCUs between the conservative, religious values at their core and LGBT students who demand fair treatment. That tension comes as many of these schools struggle to attract and graduate enough students and stay financially afloat.

Stewart says he is no longer interested in pledging the fraternity but filed the complaint to raise awareness about the bigotry he experienced.

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  1. Good decision times two. Who would want to be a member of a frat with others who were homophobes and good for ripping off the cover that they were hiding under.

    Posted by: *****overTX | Jan 3, 2014 1:23:28 PM


  2. HBCUs = Historically black colleges and universities

    Posted by: Critifur | Jan 3, 2014 1:43:35 PM


  3. Off topic but Brian Stewart is cute, if that is him pictured.

    I'm happy he's no longer pledging the bigoted Fraternity and hope it gets them shut down.

    Posted by: Derrick | Jan 3, 2014 1:59:31 PM


  4. The Black community needs to divorce itself from the clutch of judeo-christianity.

    Posted by: t2 | Jan 3, 2014 2:30:46 PM


  5. @T2: as do all humans.

    Posted by: Vint | Jan 3, 2014 3:56:51 PM


  6. Only black gay men can be effective in taking on the rampant homophobia among African-Americans.....and this is a good example of how to go about it.

    Posted by: Rick | Jan 3, 2014 5:07:32 PM


  7. religious values? the story is about a homophobic frat...from my experience frats with values of any sort don't exist. Maybe they keep those values in the closet next to the date-rape room.

    Posted by: terry | Jan 3, 2014 5:35:42 PM


  8. Their founder's day is coming up. This does not bode well (01/05/14)

    Posted by: CC | Jan 3, 2014 9:55:49 PM


  9. Such a beautiful boy.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Jan 4, 2014 5:13:23 PM


  10. With all the gay members they already have is crazy! especially at my old school. I want to pledge KAPsi, still do and I'm gay. I'm proud of this guy.

    Posted by: Kapped_Krusader | Jan 4, 2014 9:03:33 PM


  11. With all the gay members they already have is crazy! especially at my old school. I want to pledge KAPsi, still do and I'm gay. I'm proud of this guy.

    Posted by: Kapped_Krusader | Jan 4, 2014 9:03:34 PM


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