The Vermont Connection


Audrey B. Place


“Coming out” to a brother or a sister can be an emotional affair, but “coming out” to a fraternity brother or a sorority sister can be just as affecting. This is because of the heterosexist and homophobic environment that these organizations often create. This paper focuses on the importance of forming gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) allies in fraternities and sororities for those Greek members who identify as GLBTQ. Since many Greek-letter organizations may be described as “families,” coping strategies for fraternity and sorority members who have been confidants of their gay brother or lesbian sister are discussed by using counseling theories designed for parents and families of gay men and lesbians.