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Students Start Fraternity for Gay Students

Updated: Tuesday, February 5 2013, 11:25 PM EST

COLUMBUS -- Several Ohio State students are starting a new fraternity that's different from all the others on campus.


That's because Sigma Phi Beta is for gay students.  The students organizing this say they want to create a safe space for gay students to be themselves.


"Even if there are people that feel comfortable in this city and at this university, if there are people that still are unsure about Greek life and it's something they want to participate in, they should have the opportunity to do that," said President Ethan Fink.


There are already groups on campus for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, but these "Founding Fathers" say those groups don't have the strong bond that they get with brotherhood.


"There are stereotypes where Greek life is not friendly to LGBT people," Fink said.  "(They say) it's not friendly to their lifestyles, but I think this presents an opportunity to prove that it is different."


The fraternity has nearly doubled in size during its first year and now has ten members.  It's only the fourth Sigma Phi Beta chapter in the country.

Students Start Fraternity for Gay Students


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