A Morgan State University student has filed a lawsuit against a prominent African American fraternity.
Brian Stewart, 20, alleges he was barred admission into the Alpha Iota chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi due to his sexuality, Fox 45 reports.
Stewart, an openly gay man, believed his accomplishments should have made him a shoe-in for the Crimson and Cream organization. He was a former White House intern.
But Stewart proclaims he learned of bias after messages surfaced of chapter members discussing his application. Stewart says the messages provide proof the members said he would not be accepted.
“I feel hurt in a sense that I’m still not good enough,” he said.
Stewart, who grew up in poverty in foster care, wanted to follow in the footsteps of his mentor and pastor who is a member of the fraternity.
Jarrett Carter Sr., a university spokesman, said the HBCU is opening an investigation into Stewart’s claims.
“The university doesn’t tolerate or accept any kind of discrimination,” Carter told The Baltimore Sun. “It’s something that the university takes very very seriously.”
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