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Leadership Academy Winter 2018 Graduates

Leadership Academy Winter 2018 Graduates

ALPHA

is

EASY TO WANT

but

OH SO HARD TO GET!

Being

REGAL

is 

EASY TO SAY

but

HARD TO BE!

It takes hard work, dedication, and HEART to be

A

REGAL ALPHA

Many step up, but few get to STAND UP!

With that said we PROUDLY INTRODUCE

THE WINTER 2018 LEADERSHIP ACADEMY GRADUATES AND NEWEST FRATS

of

Alpha Lambda Zeta Fraternity, Inc.

#1-Frat L1mitless – T. Yancy

Murfreesboro, TN

#2-Frat 2ignificant – S. Barber-Rhone

Antioch, TN

 

#3-Frat PHortifi3d – T. Simmons 

Lewisville, TX

 

 

DimensionZ Of An Alpha

 

Alpha Lambda Zeta Fraternity, Inc presents our newest graduates of the Leadership Academy Winter 2018Dimensions of an Alpha1. Frat L1mitless2. Frat 2ignificant3. Frat PHortifi3d💎💎 WELCOME HOME FRATS💎💎

Posted by Alpha Lambda Zeta Fraternity, Inc on Monday, February 26, 2018

A Lesbians’ Exploration of Gods’ Unconditional Love: Yes God loves Me! – Frat ENvigor

A Lesbians’ Exploration of Gods’ Unconditional Love: Yes God loves Me! – Frat ENvigor

 My hardest, most devastating and most triumphant battle has been two-fold: finding where I fit in the church and convincing myself that God loves me no matter who I choose to love. I am a Lesbian who grew up in church. My Nana required me to attend Church everyday, which included: prayer meeting, sunday school, usher board rehearsal, choir rehearsal, 2-3 services on Sunday and anything else that I could attend. Church was such a large part of my childhood and I really loved it. I enjoyed getting dressed up, helping the elders,  mentoring the younger children, praising God and hearing the word of God. The Church was the place that I knew for sure I could run to and be safe no matter what was happening in my childhood… and then I grew up.

I did not come out of the closet to my family until I moved out of the state to go to college. However, as a teenager, I had already explored my sexuality with many women and had a deep knowing that these emotions were not something I could not share with anybody. My childhood church clergy and family did not come right out and bash gay people—it was a lot more subtle. For instance, I remember the first and only time I brought a guy (my childhood boyfriend) to church. It seemed as though everyone in my church doted over us, had visions of us getting married in the future and proceeded to give me “tips” on how to be a good, Godly woman to him; and I was only fourteen at the time.
This experience was a pivotal point for me  in my relationship with the church because I already knew that this overwhelming feeling of love, acceptance and favor I received from my church family would never be again. They had no clue the secret that I was hiding deep inside. They did not know that every time the pastor or sunday school teacher gave lessons on who God really loves and who God really hates, that I had internalized not only that My God hates me but that there was not a single thing I could do to make it right—except stop loving who I naturally loved. This was a paradox that baffled me about Church: how could a group of people be so loving to me and be so stand-offish to the choir director who was flamboyantly feminine and as quiet as kept…gay! No one would ever put a name on it back then, except that he was special. Yet, I remember him never hanging around any of the other men in the Church or being a part of the singles or married ministry. He was a major part of the ministry of music but he was always treated like an outsider.

From that point forward, I made it up in my mind that if being special like him, meant that my church family (who I adored) would treat me like an outsider then I would never reveal my secret. For a period of time, this worked for me on the outside, but it almost destroyed me on the inside. I had so many questions that were taking over my mind—-why in the world would God create me in a way that would make the whole world—-especially his people, hate me? Why would he make me in his image and then want to “spew” me out for being who I was created to be? I especially could not rectify, if it was a choice to be a lesbian, why couldn’t I just turn it off forever and be heterosexual? I had no desire to be the scum of the church and even worse, unloveable to God. I tried for a lot of subsequent years to pray it away, fast it away, tarry at the alter, have holy oil and hands placed on me, paid vows to have it taken away and even went through having the “demon of homosexuality” cast out of me.

It was all so hopeless and demeaning back then. However, I was never comfortable with believing that God did not love me and accept me unconditionally. If the God of my understanding was truly different from Mankind, then I needed to set out an exploration to figure out how God was different as it pertained to me being a lesbian—my spiritual life depended on it. As an adult, I had already been through the processes of being put out of a church for being honest about who I am and had even been given an ultimatum to drop out of bible college unless I confessed that I was an ex-lesbian. I was desperate to see, experience and believe that God really did love me  unconditionally. I started to read everything that I could on the love of God in a variety of religions—especially Christianity.

Since I was raised in a Christian Church, I had to especially know from this viewpoint how I could know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God was indeed for me and not against me. I actively sought answers and I found them! There is not a religious or spiritual leader or scholar in this world today who can convince me that God does not love me because of my sexuality and this is my greatest triumph in life! I can go anywhere and talk about how the unconditional Love of God in my life has given me the power to boldly say: “Yes, I am a believer, I am a Lesbian and God favors me too!”

I do not pretend to have a “10 step program”  that you can use to heal from religious abuse and gain confidence in the fact that not only does God love you unconditionally, but you too have a place in the Church, in the Temple, in the Mosque, In The Kingdom of the Lord of all period. Being a Lesbian will never separate you or me from the love of God. As far as churches go, I have experienced some wonderful affirming churches who do not merely tolerate me, but celebrate who I am—-all of me! It is my sincere hope that no matter what your spiritual or religious belief is that you seek out the God of your understanding who loves you Unconditionally!

B. Kelley aka Frat ENvigor, joined the Fraternity in Spring 2014. She resides in Columbus, Ohio and has been a Minister since 2010. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is working towards starting a diversion program for ex-offenders.

Being an AG in Academia – Frat Caden

Being an AG in Academia – Frat Caden

In an ever evolving world where we are encouraged to be ourselves, there exists a dark underside that still dictates what “ourselves” is supposed to be. For those that fit into the neat molds of “supposed to”, this may not be a noticeable fact. For others, those with identities that break down walls of pre-accepted normalcy, being yourself can be a source of anxiety. Growing up is difficult enough as you begin to understand the physical changes to self and become more of who you are and less of who you were told to be. As we gravitate towards our long term identities, those that identify as masculine or AG are faced with new set of dilemmas. One of the major hindrances is the assumption of personality based upon the outward appearance. You are often stereotyped which leads to an assumption.

“I actually tried to hide it for a little while. I really knew and understood what I was starting around 8th grade. I had a lot of guy friends, but I never did anything remotely to what a female would. A lot of vicious hate crimes started occurring so i fell info the “norm” by dating guys. I was never happy. It wasn’t until I got into my senior year and I had my 1st child that I decided that I couldn’t do it anymore, ” stated Frat Rezolv, “Going through college, I didn’t care what anyone thought. I was going to school for ME, working for ME and socializing the way I wanted to. To sum it all up in one word…I was FREE.”

We must all choose an identity that makes us comfortable understanding that depending on the choice, we may also be required to make others comfortable with us. When preparing for an interview, there is always the question of how to dress and present yourself. As much as we may want to present ourselves authentically, to do so would be to invite stereotyping and first impressions that are hard to change.

“I’m comfortable with me so now in college it doesn’t bother me. In grammar school and high school, things were different. I do feel masculine identified women aren’t recognized so I feel we aren’t represented,” says Frat Chivalrous. There are many differing opinions regarding the AGs role in academia.

In order to understand the challenges, we must come face to face with some misconceptions. First is a myth that AG synonymous is with “hood”. Although a  lack of positive AG role models and a disinterested youth results in sagging pants, misguided priorities, and this very desperate attempt to encompass “manhood”, this behavior does not equate with any particular behavior. The fact is, there are many AGs in school or in professional careers. Next, AGs are often seen as jocks and only interested in “tough” careers. Current occupational outlooks determine a need for those interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For those who are masculine identified, how do we get our foot in this door? Are we given a fair shot? These are some of the questions we must ask. Are we truly allowed an opportunity to advance without compromising who we believe ourselves to be? We’ve all heard it before if not perpetuated the cycle ourselves. AG’s must  be good at sports. In professional settings, AGs are expected to hold positions that are considered tough or athletic. Also false, is the misconception that AGs are slackers or disinterested in school. For me, I found academia to be an easy task- perhaps because although I excelled scholastically, I was also always active in team sports. I am certain that assumptions were made regarding my identity, as even when not dressed for the sport, my clothing was not overtly feminine. Still, I did not find many challenges with regards to my identity until making attempts to pursue additional education. Interviewing for scholastic positions, much like doing so for a professional occupation is a cumbersome task.

College is the chance to be exposed to varied ideas and concepts; to have interactions with not only individuals who are similar but also those who are strikingly different. Those are the moments that broaden your understanding of what the world should be and how people with all of their diversity changes you for the better. School is a chance to reinvent yourself to become a more proactive participant of the world.

Is there a place for the AG woman in academia? Of course there is. Like all other rights and freedoms we enjoy, someone had to go first and make a trail. This is where organizations like Alpha Lambda Zeta Fraternity, Inc come in. Founded on the principles of Fraternal Sisterhood, Political Activism, Community Volunteerism, Erudition, and Professionalism, it is our responsibility to ensure we are continuing to represent this demographic and to uplift and influence those women that follow us.

J. Mitchell, aka Frat Caden, became a member of Alpha Lambda Zeta Fraternity, Inc. in Summer 2013. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and currently a post baccalaureate student at Ohio State University.

Eat Baby Back Ribs for a Cause in Illinois

Eat Baby Back Ribs for a Cause in Illinois

In Alpha Lambda Zeta Fraternity, Inc.’s continued effort in support of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) awareness, our members in Illinois (Great Lakes Region) have joined in the fundraiser through Chili’s restaurants for the MS Society Greater Illinois Chapter. Print the coupons below, use them anytime you visit a Chili’s in IL, and 10% of the proceeds will benefit the MS Society.

The fundraiser was started by Belinda James of Homewood, IL, a friend of W. Greenwood (Frat Chivalrous, SU’13). Belinda was diagnosed with MS in 2008 and became active with the MS Society in 2009. To start the fundraiser she reached out to her local Chili’s Restaurant in regards to their Give Back Program, from there the General Manager helped her in attaining cooperation from other Chili’s Restaurants in IL. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. With multiple sclerosis, the brain has difficulty getting messages to the rest of the body. Though we know relatively little about the causes of multiple sclerosis, research into its causes and possible treatments is rapidly developing. Coupons are valid at ALL ILLINOIS LOCATIONS. Please print them out….there are four per page so that is four different visits they can be used for. The dates are 2/4/14 – 5/31/14 & 7/1/14 – 9/31/14.

Random Acts of Kindness Week – March 17 through March 24

Random Acts of Kindness Week – March 17 through March 24

Alpha Lambda Zeta Fraternity, Inc. will kick off our March Random Actions of Kindness (RAK) Week on March 17 th.  RAK continues to be one of ALZFI’s priority initiative under the organization’s Lambda Action Network Program and has been for approximately 6 years.

When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. The 14th Dalai Lama (1935)

A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people.

Our frats discuss how they’ve been paying it forward:

I helped an elder in my spiritual community. I happened to contact her about one thing and she began to explain how she had lost her glasses. Since she needs glasses to drive, and her partner was busy, I volunteered my services to her for the day to get to the bank and go grocery shopping.  – Frat Enlightened

 

 

I purchased a two hour parking ticket for a lady that only had  a quarter. – Frat Debonair

 

I helped set up and take down of table and chairs for University of Southern Mississippi Homecoming picnic.  – Frat Devoted

 

Adopted a family and provided Christmas presents.Frat Magnificent

 

I pushed a stranded motorist to the gas station – Frat Rezolv

 

 

Reached out to troubled teen at the request of a single parent. I visited the school and spoke with the Assistant Principal in an attempt to intervene on behalf of the troubled teen. – Frat Prototype

Introducing Spring 2014 New Members…

 
 

ALPHA

is

EASY TO WANT

but

OH SO HARD TO GET!

Being

REGAL

is 

EASY TO SAY

but

HARD TO BE!

It takes hard work, dedication, and HEART to be

A

REGAL ALPHA

Many step up, but few get to STAND UP!

With that said we PROUDLY INTRODUCE

THE SPRING 2014 Training Class and Newest Frats

of

Alpha Lambda Zeta Fraternity, Inc.

 


 

#1 – PRODIGY – S. BEEVERS

 


 LAS VEGAS, NV



 

#2 – ENVIGOR – B. KELLEY

 


COLUMBUS, OH



 

#3 – EXULTANT – T. JOHNSON


DALLAS, TX


 
 

ALPHAZ REIGN SUPREME

From head to toe, top and below these aggs demonstrated unity, dedication and hardwork; setting the standard for ALL to follow! Give a hand as we welcome them into the ALZ family!

A – LLLL – SOOOOOOO – FLYYY!

Frat Highlight – S. Mitchell – Frat Premiere

Frat Highlight – S. Mitchell – Frat Premiere

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Frat Name: Premiere

Line Theme: Alpha’s Monologue

Date Crossed: Dec 20, 2008

Location: Atlanta, GA

S. Mitchell joined the Alpha Lambda Zeta Fraternity, Inc. on December 20, 2008, and since joining, she has served in various leadership roles within the fraternity at the local, regional, and national level. She also has played a key role in the growth and development of the fraternity, particularly in the southeastern region. “I wanted to be a part of change for the LGBTQ community. To be around and a part of like-minded womyn like myself, professional and productive, was a goal of mine. When I was an interest, the members I met made me feel like family and carried themselves to a higher standard. It was then that I knew ALZFI was my home for life,” she says.

Premiere demonstrates commitment and dedication in her personal and professional life on a daily basis. Her top major accomplishments in life has been finishing code enforcement school with an A average and at the top 5% of her graduating class.  As the owner of a highly successful executive protection firm, she is also an entrepreneur specializing in handling high profile clients.  Through hardwork and determination, she has managed to remove the barriers and perception of masculine females in the security industry, and with over 15 years in law enforcement, she has become a highly respected professional in her field for the work she does.  Personally, Premiere also boasts the accomplishment of preparing to marry her soulmate.

As a member, her most impactful experience has been helping those who aren’t able to help themselves, and being able to give back to people who may have lost their homes, have no food to eat, or just needing clothes to wear. To her, Community Volunteerism has been both impactful and rewarding.

 Through hardwork and determination, she has managed to remove the barriers and perception of masculine females in the security industry.

As a member, Premiere has also been able to garner support for the causes closest to her heart, with her most memorable service experience being the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Walk For A Cure. “My mother survived breast cancer twice, and since she was first diagnosed with this disease in 1998, we all thought it was the end. My mother showed us what a true fighter was and beat breast cancer. When my mom recovered, although my siblings and I all lived in different parts of the USA, we all did the walk and volunteered with the Cancer Society. I was elated when I joined ALZFI, and we did the Breast Cancer Walk for a Cure. We did the walk for my mom and for everyone in the world who has been affected by this disease,” she says. Currently, Premiere regularly volunteers with the VA hospital in Decatur, helping US military veterans with their day to day routine.

The most rewarding benefit of membership that Premiere has gained is Fraternal Sisterhood. “When my mother passed away, this FAMILY came together without a blink of an eye and made sure I made it through with prayers, calls, cards, money, hugs, and nothing but LOVE to help me get through my time of bereavement. For that I am forever grateful for my Frat, my sisters, my friends,” she says.

Alpha Lambda Zeta Fraternity, Inc. is proud to highlight S. Mitchell, Frat Premiere, for her outstanding contributions to this organization and her community. She serves as an example, mentor, friend, sister, and leader on a daily basis for her fellow fraternity sisters and continues to Change Our Image, by Changing Their Vision.