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North American Interfraternity Conference welcomes its first gay fraternity

INDIANAPOLIS -- Delta Lambda Phi Social Fraternity (DLP) - the oldest and largest such organization for gay, bisexual, and progressive men - has been welcome into the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) as a member fraternity.

DLP was approved for membership on April 11 and formally seated at the Conference's House of Delegates on Monday, April 15.

DLP Fraternity’s addition increases the total membership of the NIC to 75 fraternities. DLP is also the first fraternity for gay, bisexual, and progressive men in the NIC.

Founded in 1986, DLP is the oldest and largest social fraternity of its kind. DLP currently has over 500 members organized into 30 chapters and four colonies throughout the U.S. and Canada.

DLP's mission is based on three purposes:

(1) to develop dignified and purposeful social, service, and recreational activities for progressive men, irrespective of sexual orientation;

(2) to lead in determining the rights and privileges of individuals in society; and

(3) to present a strong and positive image which respects the diversity of all individuals, irrespective of sexual orientation. Brothers of DLP also strive to make their presence make a difference in everything they do.

NIC President & CEO Peter Smithhisler welcomed DLP stating, “The addition of Delta Lambda Phi Social Fraternity to the conference is evidence of the growth of the fraternal movement and the critical role that fraternities play in the lives of their members and in the communities which they serve. Their membership reinforces the diverse needs and interests of college men. The fraternal movement is of great relevance in higher education and in today’s society as a whole. Fraternities are the largest leadership development organizations on college campuses across the country and the mission. We look forward to Delta Lambda Phi’s collaboration with our member fraternities in our effort to advance the fraternal movement.”

The NIC was founded in 1909 and is the trade association representing International and National Men’s Fraternities. Through advocacy, collaboration, and education, the NIC works to ensure that fraternities can cooperate in an environment conducive to their success.

Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, DLP’s Trustee & Chairman, commented, “We are very excited to be accepted into the prestigious membership of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. We could not imagine any better welcome than that which we received at the recent conference and we look forward to working with them to provide a better fraternal experience not only for our own Brothers, but for all men across the continent.”

DLP has had a chapter in San Diego County - founded at San Diego State University - since 1992.

More information about DLP is HERE.