Fraternity Shocks World & Raises Money for Transgender Brother's Sex Change


LGBTSo word has it Mercury is in retrograde and everything is going all topsy turvy. And just in case you don't believe all that astrology mumbo jumbo, here's proof: a fraternity in Massachusetts is raising money so a transgender brother can have sex change surgery. I KNOW! It's pretty much the last thing I'd expect from a bunch of beer chugging college frat boys, but there it is.

Frat boys as bonehead losers is old and busted. Frat boys as effing saints is the new hotness. And yeah, it gets better (pun very much intended).

Turns out the guys in Emerson College's Phi Alpha Tau barely know Donnie Collins. The transgender sophomore JUST pledged PAT this year! According to one report, the guys in the frat have only known him for all of 10 days!

And they're already willing to topple the douche-canoe reputation of frat boys everywhere for this guy?

Awww, guys, you're going to make a girl verklempt! Pass me a hanky! Sniff. Sniff. OK, all better.

Seriously, before today, you were more likely to see words like "hazing" or "rape" tied to the word "fraternity" in the news. I'm willing to admit that neither word represents every frat boy in America, but there have been enough such unfortunate incidents that the reputation has stuck.

What the guys in Boston are doing right now is probably a lot bigger than they ever intended.

And let's face it: this isn't just something good for the reputation of frat boys everywhere. It's shining a big ol' spotlight on how tough it is to be trans in America.

Collins has been paying for hormone replacement therapy since 2011. But the price of a "top surgery," a breast reduction that is one of the next big steps in the female-to-male transition, is way beyond him. The cosmetic surgery is about $8,000, and neither his mother's health insurance nor the Emerson College plan will cover it.

Good thing the IndieGoGo campaign by the guys in PAT has already gone over $17,000. Collins can cover his top surgery AND the Jim Collins Foundation, a non-profit that helps trans folks cover their gender reassignment surgeries, is getting a nice chunk of change.

I'm calling this a win for everyone. Donnie gets his surgery and fraternities everywhere get a much needed reputation makeover.

Be honest, what's your feeling about fraternities?


Image via Guillaume Palmier/Flickr

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nonmember avatar MammaMel

Clearly you weren't Greek. FIRST Phi Alpha Tau IS NOT IFC which is where that MADE UP sterotype came from that you are refering to, it's a COMMUNICATIONS FRATERNITY, which means they aren't a social fraternity. Even if they were, social FRATERNITY MEN do love and respect their brothers, go on to have jobs, be husbands AND fathers, and DAMN GOOD functioning members of society. In fact they have VERY high rates of graduation/job place, AND most CEO's are Greek. And DO NOT EVER EFFING SAY FRAT BOY AGAIN, how rude can you be? Your ignorance is disgusting!

nonmember avatar MammaMel

Good for you Prima...because it's a term that no FRATERNITY MAN likes to be called...and it also shows the kind of person you are. Judgemental and ignorant.

bills... billsfan1104

I am really trying to understand what someone goes through being transgendered. I often wonder if they would find a cure or a pill to make them happy to be in the body they were born with

nonmember avatar june

Yeah I agree with Mamamel, you obviously were not Greek, or well-versed.

Likening all Greek men to rapists and alcoholics is the same as thinking all Muslims are smelly and want to bomb our country. Or thinking that all women who get paid to write on mom blogs are uneducated, lazy, judgmental asses. See, its just not true is it?

I am sorry you have your hang ups about college life, but close-mindedness like this is why people cannot get along. This article makes you sound dim.

When I was in college and lost my brother and sister my fraternity was there for me in ways friends and family were not. They are an extension of family, forever. Thinking this group of men would not help a brother in need is idiotic.

And FYI, calling men frat boys is taken as being extremely rude.

nonmember avatar Marsha

Your benightedness is overwhelming.

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