Douglas Kennedy
WATCH: Revealing Homophobia in a Frat Makes Trouble for Messenger

By Trudy Ring

Originally published on Advocate.com April 09 2014 6:47 PM ET

Reports of homophobia within a Mississippi college fraternity created more problems for the messengers than for the frat itself, according to a new video produced by Christian Hendricks as part of his South of the Ohio series.

In the video, Douglas Kennedy, a student at Millsaps College in Jackson, recounts his frustration at the frequent use of “faggot” by his fraternity brothers; in one incident, witnessed by a friend of Kennedy’s who was doing a story on being gay in a fraternity, one member slapped another on the head and said, “What’s up, faggot?”

When the story was published in the school newspaper, it strained Kennedy’s friendship with the fraternity president, and it resulted in the paper ceasing publication for a time. When the paper was revived, it had a different editor and adviser, and it came out less frequently, Kennedy says. He adds that he received a variety of comments, positive and negative, on the story.

Watch the video below.