2/24/2010 Update : Phi Alpha Gamma / FAG frat has been on hiatus since June 2009 and will be until further notice. If you need further assistance contact MarcusD@FAGfrat.org
What is Phi Alpha Gamma / FAG frat?
Phi Alpha Gamma is a social fraternity based in Chicago. It began humbly as parties thrown by two friends, Brian Shades and Marcus. Five years later, in 2001, the group had grown to roughly 10 people and had built a website at www.gapolis.com/gaychicago. This URL was horribly difficult to remember; a new one, and a new name for that matter, was necessary.
The obvious choice had already been donned by many--the BratPack. Unfortunately, this had already been taken by a music group, as well as the 1980's young actors. Most other desired names had also already been taken by other organizations, the bulk of which were pornography websites (Damn you, porn!). One member was then overwhelmed by a stroke of genius--what about a mock social fraternity? Brilliant!
Homofrat.com? Sounds horrific.
FAGfrat.com? Yes! That's it! FAG or Phi Alpha Gamma.
Since this time, FAGfrat has worked to turn themselves into a reliable place for gay youth in Chicago. They offer events catering to and including youth, whether it be Pride, Market Days, AIDS walks, rallies or 18+ nights at clubs. They also continue to host FAGfrat parties throughout the year and have had a float in the Chicago Pride Parade every year from 2001-2008.
What are Phi Alpha Gamma / FAG frat parties?
FAGfrat parties are a place for gay youth in Chicago to meet others around their age. The parties are usually thrown to celebrate holidays like Valentine's Day or St. Patrick's Day, but they are also held in honor of unofficial holidays like Pride and Market Days. These parties are safe places--FAGfrat does not provide alcohol or encourage under age drinking. FAGfrat does not condone or allow drug use or sexual predators. The parties are for having fun; they are not orgies or stages for drama queens.
What is the goal or Phi Alpha Gamma / FAG frat?
Phi Alpha Gamma encourages gay youth to become more active in the local gay scene, to explore the community outside the parties and the club or bar scenes. FAGfrat plans to start an indoor volleyball team to compete against other youthgroups. They urge their members to volunteer and participate in charitable events. In 2007 Phi Alpha Gamma raised $570 dollars for the AIDS Walk & Run 2007.
All of these things contribute to the overall mission to create a better gay youth scene in Chicago, provide new activities for gay youth, and establish itself as a well-known, respected member of the Chicago gay community.
Where does the money collected at Phi Alpha Gamma / FAG frat events go?
The funds collected at Phi Alpha Gamma / FAG frat events go directly to the fees for running the websites, cost of hosting parties and the cost of doing a float in the Chicago Pride Parade. Here is an example of expenses from 2008 :