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Morgan State Frat Causes Stir over Alleged Barring of Gay Pledge

by Blair Adams
AFRO Staff Writer

    Brian Stewart, a Kappa Alpha Psi pledge who was allegedly denied admission to the predominately Black Greek fraternity because of his sexual orientation. (Courtesy Image)
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The Alpha Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi at Morgan State University is under fire for allegedly denying a pledge admission to the predominately Black Greek fraternity because of his sexual orientation.

Brian Stewart, 20, said he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi because his pastor, a mentor to him as a young adult, was a part of the organization. But the former White House intern’s dream was shattered when he was denied admission.

“One of the members of the chapter called me, and he had known that I wanted to be in the chapter, and he was saying the chapter had had a meeting...the current members had decided not to admit any more gay members,” Stewart said in an interview with HLN TV.

“His words were exactly, ‘It’s going to be impossible for you to join this chapter,’” he said.

According to Stewart, someone sent him anti-gay slurs over social media, and told him the messages were communications between members of Kappa Alpha Psi.

Stewart received a denial letter in the beginning of October, but said his name was misspelled and the letter wasn’t signed.

“I was shocked, and I was hurt,” he said. “Because in the back of my mind, I knew the reason, but I didn’t really think it to be true.”

Members of the fraternity could not be reached for comment. Morgan State University issued a brief statement: “Morgan State University prides itself on sustaining an environment that is inclusive and respectful of all members of our community at large.”

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