Is there hazing in the pledge process? No. Delta Lambda Phi has a zero tolerance policy on hazing furthermore, hazing is illegal in the state of Illinois.
Is Delta Lambda Phi (DLP) a ‘sex club’? No. Delta Lambda Phi is a social Fraternity, providing a positive place to meet lifelong friends and is not a ‘sex club’.
What’s the difference between Delta Lambda Phi and GSA? It is not the intention of DLP to be in competition with any other groups (gay or straight, including GSA). We have worked with GSA on occasions, and plan to in the future. The principle difference is that GSA is an activism group, organizing many events to celebrate diversity and national gay holidays. It is a place for actively out bisexuals, gays, lesbians, and allies to get together. DLP, on the other hand, is a way for gay men to have a dignified and purposeful social life. DLP was created to enable gay men to have a place in which to form quality, lifelong friendships with other gay men — a place to find Brotherhood.
Do you have to be a student to join? Yes, it is necessary to be a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to join DLP.
Do you discriminate?No. All men are welcome to apply for membership, regardless of race, socioeconomic background, religion, gender expression, or sexual orientation. There are no ‘litmus tests’ concerning membership eligibility.
What about age limitations? Due to legal liabilities, we can not let anybody under 18 to join us as Brothers, however, you are invited to keep in touch with us via e-mails, your bid will be offered after your 18th birthday.
You said ‘all men’ are welcome to join. So women are excluded? The Fraternity visited the co-ed fraternity issue from 1991- 1992, and at our Minneapolis Convention in 1992 decided to stay single-sex rather than going co-ed. We feel if straight men can have the ‘traditional’ (i.e. non-coed) Greek experience, gay men should be able to have it as well. Plus, gay men, by virtue of their being gay men, go through a unique, shared social experience. Delta Lambda Phi is a way for gay men of varying backgrounds (sometimes radically varying backgrounds) to find common ground in that experience. Those who claim that our lesbian friends, as much as we love and support them as comrades-in-arms, have the same social experience as gay men, this is not true.
How does one go about joining? There are periodic membership drives called ‘Rushes,’ which are publicized. Going to the open Rush events and meeting the Brothers is a good way of finding out more about what the Fraternity is about. After the Rush events, Bids are offered to the potential new members whom the Brotherhood feel would fit in with DLP. If you want to be notified of any upcoming events, see Join for details.
Is it an international fraternity, or just a sort of a ‘pretend’ fraternity?Delta Lambda Phi is a Social Fraternityfounded in 1986. We currently have over twenty five Chapters in the US and one in Canada. We have an elected Board of Trustees and hold an International Convention every year. It is in every sense of the word a social Fraternity, based on the college Greek model. It is a 501(c)7 organization.
What about locally at SIUE? How well is Delta Lambda Phi connect with the rest of the University? We currently operate as a registered student organization on the SIUE campus, directly under Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL). We are invited, and may attend any events organized by FSL if we wish.
Do you have a house? Do I have to move in if I join? We currently do not have our own Fraternity house, and there are no plans to have one.