Delta Lambda Phi Needed More Than Ever
November 9, 2016
In a process steeped in over 200 years of tradition, Americans have once again elected national leaders. One of the many roles these representatives, senators, and even President play is demonstrating the moral center and direction of the country to the rest of the world.
In the election we have just witnessed, the people of the United States have chosen individuals, and a party platform, that are not conducive to the LGBT community. We know this by their rhetoric; we know this by their actions. The social progress that the nation has made in recent years is about to be challenged, and the consequences may have significant impacts on the livelihoods of the queer community, of our Brothers.
When Delta Lambda Phi was founded 30 years ago, it was a very different time in the United States. Our purpose was clear. But with recent social progress, one question that we, as Brothers, have had to ask ourselves is: “Are we still relevant? Is there still a need for Delta Lambda Phi?” We’ve answered with absolute conviction that our organization still serves an important role in Greek life and the queer community. Now in this time of fear, anger, and uncertainty, the purposes, values, and bonds of Brotherhood in Delta Lambda Phi have never been more important.
It is at this time that I urge you, my fellow brothers, to truly live our rituals and values; to be that difference that the American – even global – society so desperately needs. Our presence as an organization is critical. This is an awakening. This is our time to renew our oaths and pledges to our values and our guiding principle. Our communities – diverse as they are – need us to be the leaders of the future. Our call to action begins now. This is not limited to the Board of Directors, Fraternity Office, DLPAA, or local colony/chapter leadership. This involves each and every member of this organization. We need you more now than ever before.
Live the letters.
Live our values.
Be that difference.
In the eternal bond of brotherhood,
Executive Director and CEO
Delta Lambda Phi
For those who need it, we encourage you to take advantage of The Trevor Project resources available (call 1-866-488-7386 to speak with someone – they are available 24/7) or reach out to your local support centers. You are not alone; you are never alone.