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Md. student claims fraternity rejected him because he is gay

BALTIMORE, Md. — A Maryland university is investigating a student’s claim that members of a fraternity he wanted to join rejected him because he is gay.

Brian Stewart
Brian Stewart

Brian Stewart, a former White House intern and a student at Morgan State University in Baltimore, says he thought Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity would be impressed by his academic accomplishments, but instead denied his application the day after his interview.

Stewart, 20, cites social media messages between fraternity members which included a gay slur as the reason for his rejection, reports The Baltimore Sun.

“I couldn’t even be angry because I was so hurt,” he said.

A Morgan State spokesman, Jarrett Carter Sr., said the university opened an investigation into Stewart’s allegation after he lodged a complaint last week.

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“The university doesn’t tolerate or accept any kind of discrimination,” Carter said. “It’s something that the university takes very very seriously.”

Stewart said he wanted to join Kappa Alpha Psi — Morgan’s chapter is called Alpha Iota — because his pastor and mentor from his youth was a member. He said he grew up poor in Annapolis and that his mentor had a major influence on his life.

Members of the fraternity chapter and the national organization did not respond to requests for comment.

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