By ROY. G. BIV.
Greek life on this campus is intense and crazy for an average straight member, however being gay makes Greek life an entirely different ball game. Being gay and being a member of a Greek organization on this campus is a rare commodity. So forgive me if I would like to keep my identity a secret for the time being. This campus is becoming steadily more open with the idea of openly gay members in the community, but it is sad to say that I believe the Greek community is behind the times with embracing the growing LGBTQ community with interest in being Greek. Sometimes I find myself sitting in the house wondering if certain people would still speak to me at lunch if they knew I was not exactly who they thought I was. I also wonder if I would be a member of the amazing organization I am currently if I had not presented myself as straight during recruitment. I like to think that it would not have mattered, but I can not say for sure. I am not in this alone however. I was surprised to learn about other people just like me in the Greek community: apart of the community but not fully expressing themselves out of fear of how their friends would react. I know these stereotypes are not true for all members of the Greek community. I have friends that I know would be welcoming to any LGBTQ members into their Greek Community and I applaud those people. I just want all those members of a Greek organization who identify with the LGBTQ community to understand that they are not alone, and hopefully there will be a time when we can be who we are and embrace all the areas of our lives equally and openly.