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Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
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Friday, March 1, 2013

True Definition of Brotherhood

There are a lot of misconceptions of greek life, I would know as much as the next person, as I am also involved in a Greek organization. Terrible stigmas and misinformed individuals proclaim us to be horrible people, who are a part of cults and just love to party and consume alcohol. However, many who do not understand what it means to be Greek or what it entails, fail to consider the good that results from being apart of such a large force. There is plenty of community service that goes along with being Greek and standing behind a value or moral you strongly believe in. I digress. I came across an article this morning about a greek organization in Emerson College, located in Boston, Mass., who raised funds for one of their members, Donnie Collins, to receive surgery and continue his transformation from female to male. Donnie was seeking to remove some breast tissue he had in order to flatten his chest, but his insurance company declined to cover for that procedure to take place. The organization launched an online campaign in order to raise the funds to cover the costs, which was $8,100. The organization received over $16,000 for Donnie through the campaign. "The money left over after the surgery will be donated to the Jim Collins Foundation, an organization that helps "fund gender-confirming surgeries for transgender people". (Check it out) Apparently, the organization has accepted another transgender member into their brotherhood as well.
It is remarkable the means people will go to accept one another and make dreams become reality. I commend the organization for taking these steps and representing what it means to have a true brotherhood among individuals.

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