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OPINION: Mercer has no place for an openly homophobic fraternity

OPINION: Mercer has no place for an openly homophobic fraternity

Sarah Moore, Staff Writer April 14, 2021
On the surface, there seems to be nothing wrong with allowing BYX into Mercer’s Interfraternity Council (IFC). According to their purpose, BYX exists to “establis[h] brotherhood and unity among college men based on the common bond of Jesus Christ.” However, a cursory Google search of the organization quickly reveals the reason Mercer cannot allow BYX to charter a chapter on our campus: the fraternity has a long history of openly discriminating against the LGBTQ+ community. 
LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately made targets of bullying and violence.

Bullying persists beyond school walls for Georgia’s bisexual students, but times are changing

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor March 25, 2020
A Pew Research Center study found that 30% of bisexuals were subjected to slurs or jokes, while 31% were rejected by a friend or family member due to their sexuality.
New downtown nightclub tells gay patrons "to act straight" or leave

New downtown nightclub tells gay patrons "to act straight" or leave

Elizabeth Bibb March 21, 2011

Macon’s newest night spot, Club Element, has come under fire recently for alleged homophobic comments made by a bouncer during the club's opening night. The club, which opened March 4, is located in...

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