Gay students share stories of coming out to houses
By ALEX TIEGEN
A panel of UF students spoke about the trials and triumphs of belonging to both Greek and gay communities at a forum Tuesday night in the Reitz Union Auditorium.
Three homosexual students and one advocate discussed coming out to their Greek brothers and sisters. Panelists asked not to be named because they had not come out to the entire UF community.
Lisa Kendall, assistant director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, said she hoped the forum would create a dialogue between Greeks and gays at UF.
“There are people in sororities and fraternities who are homophobic, and there are many people in the (gay) community who are Greek-a-phobic,” Kendall said.
A member of the Interfraternity Council said he witnessed both prejudice and tolerance in his Greek organization. When he came out this summer, not everyone understood.
“Someone came up to me and said, ‘Dude, but they’re boobs,’” he said.
The panelists said that members of their fraternities and sororities were generally receptive when they came out. They said they encountered more stereotypes about closed-minded Greeks from gay students than stereotypes about homosexuals from Greeks.