Educate the entire Fraternity and Sorority community regarding LGBT presence within the community at Towson University (i.e. new member education or CAP programs);
Emphasize the importance and encourage the participation of allies to LGBT individuals at Towson University in forming a more cohesive Greek Community;
Advocate for LGBT rights and interests in the Greek community at Towson University;
Foster communication between the member organizations of the four Fraternity & Sorority Life Governing Councils (Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Panhellenic Association, and Unified Greek Council) on LGBT issues;
Support programs sponsored by the Towson University LGBT Student Development Center; and
Reach out to LGBT individuals currently involved in Fraternity & Sorority Life to secure their safety and comfort.
GAP is based off of the goals of the Lambda 10 Project. According to its website, “The Lambda 10 Project - National Clearinghouse for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Fraternity & Sorority Issues works to heighten the visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of the college fraternity by serving as a clearinghouse for educational resources and educational materials related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression as it pertains to the fraternity/sorority experience.
Lambda 10 Project was founded in the fall of 1995 at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and is an educational initiative of Campus Pride, the only national nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) for LGBT and Ally student leaders and campus groups. Lambda 10 is also an associate member of the Association of Fraternity Advisors and serves as a resource for many inter/national fraternity/sorority leaders.”
Program and Activities
Ally Training Workshops
The workshops will be held during the beginning of each semester to train chapter delegates on how to be allies within their respective chapters. The workshop will be based around existing LGBT Student Development programs, but geared toward Greek Life individuals, covering the topics of awareness, understanding, empathy, and advocacy.
For more information on registration for the Ally Training Workshops, please check back here soon.
Fall: National Coming Out Day Campaign
National Coming Out Day is an internationally observed day of awareness for discussing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. Members of the LGBT communities and their allies celebrate it in an effort to promote public visibility of gay rights and display pride amongst LGBT individuals. On this day, people of all sexual orientations are encouraged to live openly and embrace their identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or straight individuals.
Gay rights leaders and activists Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary founded National Coming Out Day on October 11, 1988. The day was created in celebration of the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, in which 500,000 people marched on D.C. for gay and lesbian equality. Today, National Coming Out Day is celebrated around the world.
In celebration of this day, Greek allies are encouraged to sign Ally Promise cards and wear t-shirts showing their support for the LGBT community.
Each spring, GAP will host an individual to speak to Greek chapters on an educational topic covering awareness, understanding, empathy, and advocacy of LGBT interests and issues.
How to Be an Ally
An Ally strives to...
Be a friend
Be a listener
Have his or her own opinions
Be willing to talk
Commit him or herself to personal growth in spite of the discomfort it may sometimes cause
Recognize his or her personal boundaries
Recognize when to refer an individual to additional resources
Confront his or her own prejudices
Join others with a common purpose
Believe that all persons regardless of age, sex, race, gender, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation should be treated with dignity and respect
Engage in the process of developing a culture free of homophobia and heterosexism
Recognize his or her mistakes, but not use them as an excuse for inaction
Be responsible for empowering his or her role in a community, particularly as it relates to responding to homophobia
Recognize the legal powers and privileges that heterosexuals have and which GLBT people are denied
Support the Ally program of his or her university
An Ally is NOT...
Someone with ready-made answers
Necessarily a counselor, nor is he or she necessarily trained to deal with crisis situations
Expected to proceed with an interaction if levels of comfort or personal safety have been violated
The Greek Alliance Program (GAP) is a student organization that brings together the LGBT Student Development Program and Fraternity and Sorority Life here at Towson University. The purpose of GAP is to educate the entire Greek community regarding LGBT presence within the Greek community at Towson University and reach out to LGBT individuals currently involved in and those interested in becoming part of Fraternity & Sorority Life to secure their safety and comfort.
A Member of a chapter and want to speak to a Greek Ally?
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