Alumni Association President: Happy Founder’s Day!
October 15, 2016
To celebrate Founder’s Day and the 30th anniversary of Delta Lambda Phi, Alumni Association President, Bryan Guffey, released the following statement to the Brotherhood:
My fellow brothers:As we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of our founding, I am sitting in a hotel room in Oshawa, ON, having just brought in another pledge class for our UOIT Colony.This unique vantage point affords me the opportunity to reflect on the past 30 years of or existence, and imagine the next 30. From 1986, when being gay was a common epithet and representation of LGBT individuals in society was rare and rarely positive, to today, where LGBT individuals are found in all places in our society, gay marriage is the law of the land, and our media continues to improve in representing our diversity, Delta Lambda Phi has been a leader in creating a traditional fraternity experience for queer men for the past 30 years and has shown the way for many other social fraternities to become more open and affirming to queer members.As we move into our next 30 years, Delta Lambda Phi has the opportunity to become an even more inclusive organization of men, one that celebrates all types of diversity in our fraternity, from sexual orientation and gender identity, to racial and ethnic background and religious and political affiliation. As an organization, our strength has always been our radical acceptance of the identities our brothers bring to the table, while consistently and lovingly encouraging them to become their best selves, and this strength has the opportunity to provide unique advantages in a world that is rapidly becoming smaller and more connected due to technology and globalization.As President of the Delta Lambda Phi Alumni Association, I have the honor of seeing, engaging and working with many of our Alumni, who are the living examples of what we have the ability to become as Lambda Men. I am consistently in awe of the compassion, wisdom and care our alumni show to each other and their communities in a world where acrimony and epithets seem to be the order of the day. I look forward to the day where Lambda Men are truly leading in determining the rights and privileges of individuals in society, and have brought the intentional inclusiveness we show in our fraternity to more and more places in the world.As you celebrate Founder’s Day with your fellow brothers in your own spaces, in your own ways, please remember those who came before who gave you the opportunity to become a Lambda Man, and pledge to continue to create that legacy as you go forward for all those men who have not yet found us.In the Bond and Happy Founder’s Day,Bryan GuffeyPresident, DLP Alumni Association