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ASU Fraternity and Sorority Life - LGBTQIA+ Support

This resource page was created by people in Fraternity & Sorority life to help Queer & Trans* (QT*) folks feel more comfortable with navigating sorority & fraternity life. Although its reputation may discourage many QT* folks from joining, it is still possible to find an LGBTQIA+ community in sororities and fraternities as well as gender- and sexuality-inclusive chapters. The only way to find out whether it could be a good fit for you is by attending as many chapters’ Intake/Recruitment events as possible to talk to their members. The purpose of this resource page is to

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Questions to Ask at Intake/Recruitment

Each organization is unique, and each year’s membership is unique (because some join and some graduate), so it is important to get all of your questions answered during Intake/Recruitment in order to make an informed decision on which chapter(s) to commit to. Here are some recommended questions [adapted from UC Santa Barbara Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity]

  • Are there LGBTQ+ members in your organization?
  • Can non-binary, trans*, genderfluid, or genderqueer people join?
  • Where does your organization stand on folks from the LGBTQ+ community joining?
  • Does your organization require your members to attend workshops related to the LGBTQIA+ community and/or Ally Trainings?
  • Does your organization offer gender-inclusive alternatives in your language?
  • Do you have any dress code for any sorority/fraternity events? Is there any flexibility?
  • What does your organization do to make sure that LGBTQ+ people, including closeted or less visible folks, feel safe in predominantly cisgender and straight spaces?
  • What is your policy or plan of action for when LGBTQ+ folks get discriminated against by a member of your organization?
  • Does your organization have any leadership or scholarship opportunities for LGBTQ+ folks?
  • Do you have any resources or projects that prevent or actively fight discrimination against LGBTQ+ folks?
  • How has your organization contributed to Gay, Queer, and Trans* Liberation?
  • Do you as an organization recognize Pride Week, Trans Day of Visibility, etc?

Steps to Take to Embrace Gender And Sexuality Inclusivity (For Greek-Lettered Members)

[adapted from UC Santa Barbara Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity]

  • Always introduce yourself by name and then pronouns. Including pronouns in your verbal introduction, website, name tags, email signatures, at Intake/Recruitment, and at Zoom events, shows that knowing others’ correct pronouns is important to you.
  • Additionally, even though you know each other, continue to introduce yourself with name and pronouns just in case anyone has changed their name or pronouns.
  • Reflect the language that folks use to identify themselves!
  • Use flags! When students see pride flags at your table or event they feel seen and accepted.
  • If you would like to learn more about the different LGBTQIA+ Pride Flags, please visit this guide to Queer Pride Flags Glossary
  • Stay away from tokenism! At times, organizations believe that they are inclusive just because they have people in their organization from different communities, especially different marginalized communities; however, that is not always the case. It is not enough to have people in your organization that have multifaceted identities. It is up to the organization to actively have conversations about inclusion that center different communities but do not put the labor on those specific community members to educate everyone else in the Chapter.
  • Always strive for more accessibility. Accessibility can include but is not limited to, providing live captions or hiring sign language interpreters for virtual events, having multiple languages on your website for parents, promoting awareness about both visible and invisible disabilities, making sure that your event venues are easy to get to or navigate, having gender-neutral bathrooms, educating your members and potential new members on different accessibility needs, and amplifying the voices and efforts of activists and organizations that advocate for students with disabilities. Check out ASU Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services for more relevant resources.
  • Plan fundraisers and community service events that contribute to causes that benefit LGBTQIA+ communities. This can be done by collaborating with different LGBTQIA+ member organizations under the Rainbow Coalition:
  • Check-in with LGBTQIA+ people in Fraternity & Sorority Life often by holding events and closed LGBTQIA+ spaces that are limited to active and alumni members of your organization where they can find community and empower each other, especially in times of crises.
  • Call in members every time a microaggression occurs, and ensure that all members get the education they need to become inclusive of marginalized genders and sexualities.
  • Set up a zero-tolerance policy, and keep all members accountable. A strict policy will make a huge difference in the way LGBTQ+ students see your organization.
  • Be mindful of who your organization tends to draw in. As a Chapter, reflect on your inclusivity in all aspects. If there is no diversity in your organization, ask yourselves why your organization does not draw others in or how your organization may have been unconsciously excluding groups of people during Intake/Recruitment. It is difficult but essential to step into an unbiased perspective and look at your organization from the outside.
  • Collaborate with more diverse and inclusive campus organizations to open your members’ world up to having events with different groups of people. At the same time, recognize the harm that Fraternity & Sorority life has historically done to BIPOC and LGBTQ+ folks and be mindful of the space you take up when collaborating with non-Greek-lettered organizations.

Membership Eligibility Statements on the Basis of Gender

Fraternities and sororities are exempt from Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, meaning they are legally able to remain single-sex or single-gender organizations. Nonetheless, here are a list of our organizations’ inter/national headquarters’ and boards’ policies as it relates to membership qualifications on the basis of sex, gender identity, and gender expression. It is important to note these are evolving statements and will be updated as Fraternity and Sorority Life staff receive notice from the organizations. It is also important to note that these policies more so reflect the stance of the inter/national organization and are not necessarily a direct reflection of the local organization or chapter, which can be better gauged by asking the chapter questions and attending Intake/Recruitment events. Nonetheless, this list provides integral information about the organizations as to their orientation towards gender expression and identity for membership eligibility.

  • “There is no policy” denotes the organization confirmed there is no policy.
  • “Policy is in discussion” denotes the organization is discussing a policy, and this statement will be updated as we receive notification from the organization.
  • “No information received” denotes we were unable to get a response from the organization about this matter.

Interfraternity Council

As an organization, we interpret that as 'if someone identifies as a male then they are eligible for membership.'

For purposes of eligibility for Brotherhood, any individual who self-identifies as male at the time of his induction and initiation and meets all other requirements of our Supreme Constitution may seek admission into the Brotherhood of the Fraternity.

There is no policy.

Membership shall be acquired only by male persons.

Any Individual who identifies as a male is welcome to seek membership in Delta Sigma Phi.

Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. Delta Tau Delta is open to all men of superior character including transgender males.

To be eligible for membership in Kappa Alpha Order, an individual must be biologically a male.

WHEREAS, the National Fraternity of Kappa Delta Rho, Inc. recognizes the importance of Transgender issues in the world, especially on college campuses; and
WHEREAS, so does Kappa Delta Rho recognize the nature of the current climate regarding issues of gender and gender identity as they apply to membership in an all-male organization; and
WHEREAS, Article IV of the Constitution of Kappa Delta Rho states that the vows of her members mean
“KAPPA DELTA RHO IS FOR LIFE”
THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED, that beyond the point of initiation, a member’s change or changes in sex, gender, gender expression and/or gender identity shall not alter the membership status of a fully-initiated brother; and
BE IT RESOLVED, that Kappa Delta Rho continue to educate its members regarding transgender issues; and
BE IT RESOLVED, that Kappa Delta Rho implement the letter and spirit of this statement, as endorsed by the 103rd National Convention is St. Louis, MO, on August 6, 2016.

I have therefore concluded that a college "man," for purposes of our laws, is any individual who, at the time both of his association and his initiation, self-identifies as male, regardless of his assigned sex at birth or his expression or the perceived expression of his gender. Any such individuals should be considered on an equal basis with all other candidates for association and initiation, and any discrimination against them on the basis of their gender identity would be a violation of our Mandatory Resolution on Discrimination.

Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc. is a brotherhood dedicated to promoting and uplifting our members. Regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, race, creed, religion, or assigned sex at birth, Omega Delta Phi Fraternity is open to anyone who identifies as a man and believes in the men's fraternal experience and the values of our brotherhood.

Each chapter shall select its members from among the male students who are in regular attendance at the college or university at which it is established, except in special cases as approved by the The Constitution of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity General Council. Those chosen by the chapter must be men who exemplify Friendship, Sound Learning, and Rectitude.

The important line is that “individuals who identify as male” are eligible for membership, so transgender men are eligible for membership. The first line of the policy can make it confusing. Below is the full text of the policy.
“The Fraternity is a private, single-sex, male-only organization, consisting primarily of students in attendance at institutions of higher education. Eligibility for membership in the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is limited to individuals who identify as male and otherwise meet the requirements for membership as stated in the Constitution and Bylaws of the Fraternity. Any undergraduate member who no longer meets the sex or gender qualifications for undergraduate membership shall automatically be elevated to graduate member.
The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta expects, consistent with its laws, that no Chapter, Provisional Chapter or Member shall engage in acts of discrimination or harassment towards any individual or group on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, ancestry, age, disabilities or any other characteristic protected by law.”

Membership in Phi Kappa Psi is open to all male undergraduates possessing talent, ambition and good moral character in actual attendance at an institution of learning at which a chapter of this Fraternity is located.

Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity defers to the university on what they define as a man. Therefore, any man who is an enrolled full-time student at the university is eligible for potential membership, pending other requirements such as academic requirements, conduct, etc.
By that, if the university allows individuals who are not biologically male to identify as such, then they are an eligible candidate for membership.

No information received.

Section 2. NEW MEMBER: ELECTION AND REPORTING

A. Each chapter shall make a good faith effort to recruit prospective student members representing varied backgrounds. Each chapter shall not discriminate in recruitment or in membership on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. The prerequisites for the new member period shall include:

  1. Male;
  2. Minimum of 16 years of age;
  3. Good academic standing;
  4. Never been a member of any existing general, national/ international, secret or non-secret, social college fraternity;
  5. Commitment to Pi Kappa Alpha’s policies and procedures;
  6. Acceptance of a lifelong commitment to Pi Kappa Alpha;
    and
  7. Character compatible with the Fraternity’s ideals, and personally acceptable to the respective chapter membership.

*The term “male” is left intentionally broad to allow for those who self-identify as male to be eligible for membership in Pi Kappa Alpha.

Supreme Law I-Membership, Section 3.
The Fraternity shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ability, sexual orientation, or HIV status.
*Our National Council has clarified this to mean the following: “The decision to extend a bid to associate membership is left to the mature judgment of our local chapters. Our policy does allow chapters to extend bids to individuals who identify as men.”

16. Eligibility for Membership.

A. Qualifications. Except as otherwise provided for in these Fraternity Laws, a candidate is eligible for membership in the Fraternity if each of the following apply:

  1. He is a male student of either of the following:
    a. A collegiate host institution that is the domicile of an active Chapter Collegiate.
    b. A consortium of such collegiate host institutions approved by the Supreme Council.
  2. He is of sound moral character.
  3. He is of creditable intellectual attainments.
  4. He is socially acceptable throughout the Fraternity.

Resolution on Trans-Inclusive Policy
WHEREAS, Sigma Alpha Mu is a brotherhood among gentlemen; and
WHEREAS, the men of Sigma Alpha Mu are already diverse in experience, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and overall identity; and
WHEREAS, Sigma Alpha Mu will press forward in an ever-changing world; and
WHEREAS, our policy defines “male” as “any individual who self-identifies as male, regardless of his assigned sex at birth or his expression or the perceived expression of his gender.”; and
WHEREAS, the Octagon recognizes and is committed to the advancement of brotherhood among men, and will press forward on creating the truest sense of brotherhood among all men; therefore
LET IT BE RESOLVED that any eligible person who identifies as a man is welcome to membership in Sigma Alpha Mu, and those who have joined as men that may no longer identify as such will continue to receive the full rights and benefits of membership.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Sigma Alpha Mu will be a source of education on what brotherhood should be, from recruitment through lifelong membership.

June 22, 2016. Sigma Nu Fraternity’s board of directors and legislative convention continue to examine the matter of Fraternity membership eligibility of a transgender male person. At the present time and until such time as the examination is complete, it is the policy of the Fraternity’s board of directors that the Fraternity will neither confirm nor deny membership for a transgender male and the Fraternity will not take any action to deny membership benefits to a transgender male who has been initiated by a chapter of the Fraternity as a member of the Fraternity. At the time of examination completion, the Fraternity’s board of directors will issue a policy regarding whether a transgender male may be initiated into the Fraternity and whether initiation of a transgender male can be listed on the membership roster of the Fraternity as a member of the Fraternity.

Those who self-identify as men and otherwise meet the requirements for membership as stated in the Fraternity’s Constitution and Bylaws are welcome to seek membership in the organization.

Any man shall be eligible for membership, provided he self-identifies and lives as a man/male at the time of his association and his initiation, regardless of assigned sex at birth.

Since its founding in 1856, Theta Chi Fraternity’s mission has been dedicated to developing resolute men. The Fraternity’s programs are designed specifically to assist college aged men to become outstanding sons, brothers, fathers, uncles, and models of male behavior in society. As such, Theta Chi’s membership has always been, and will remain, limited to men only. The rights of a private organization to select its own members is foundational to a free society. Freedom of association is protected by both the United States’ Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Theta Chi Fraternity supports the rights of individuals and organizations to associate with those who share common aspirations.

Only male students shall be initiated who are at the time registered students of the college to which the Charge belongs. We interpret "male" as any individual who identifies as male at the time of initiation.

Theta Xi is a national Fraternity built on the brotherhood and fellowship of men. Any individual who identifies as a man is welcome to seek membership in the Fraternity. This policy is intended to uphold the mission of Theta Xi Fraternity as a fellowship of men and should not be interpreted as changing the all-male character of the Fraternity.

Membership in the Fraternity is open to all men of good character. No such man shall be denied membership in the Fraternity simply because his gender identity does not match his biological sex.

Multicultural Greek Council

Policy is in discussion.

Alpha Pi Omega's non-discrimination policy is as follows: The sorority's chapters shall consider interested women without regard to actual or perceived race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or partnership status, disability, genetic information, citizenship, military or veteran status or pregnancy.

No information received.

As sisters of Delta Chi Lambda, we pride ourselves on inclusivity. Per our National Constitution. Any student enrolled in an accredited University, where Delta Chi Lambda is established, and meets the respective University’s guidelines for Greek Life may become a member.
Delta Chi Lambda’s non-discrimination policy is as follows as outlined in our National Constitution:
I. Delta Chi Lambda shall not discriminate on the basis of age, color, ethnicity, <strong>gender identity</strong>, national origin, disability, race, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
II. This policy will include, but is not limited to, recruiting, membership, organization activities, or opportunities to hold office. Rather this organization will promote a mutual understanding and respect amongst all people.
III. Members found guilty of violating this clause will have their membership under review by the National Board. Chapters found guilty of violating this clause will have their chapter status under review by the National Board.

Women and transgender/gender non-conforming individuals who uphold the Purpose of the Sorority and meet the membership requirements of the Sorority are eligible for membership. The Sorority does not discriminate on the basis of age, creed, color, disability, ethnicity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, military status, national origin, parental status, pregnancy, race, religion, or sexuality.

Any person who identifies as a woman, as well as non-binary or gender fluid, as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a university with an Active Chapter of the association who meets the minimum grade point average requirement shall be eligible to participate in the Recruitment and Membership Intake Process of the respective university only.

The purpose of Omega Phi Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc is to unify all persons who identify as women regardless of color, race, creed and promote the ethnic diversity and richness of all cultures. Our main objectives are: involvement in community affairs and an emphasis on academic excellence.

The fraternity shall be composed of male individuals who possess good character, dignity, and loyalty.
Any enrolled male student in good standing of a college or university at which there is a recognized chapter or colony of Pi Alpha Phi may become a member of the fraternity.
The Fraternity shall not discriminate in membership based upon race, color, creed, religion, age, disability, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Incorporated welcomes all individuals who identify with the feminine experience. Furthermore we are Latina based but not Latina exclusive. As a sorority we use the terms Sister/ Hermana to refer to our members, however, we recognize that some of our members might not identify as that and as an organization we encourage our members to use and identify with the pronouns they prefer. The identities of our members are respected and acknowledged.

Policy is in discussion.

SLG adopts the most expansive policy under present law in order to prevent exclusion and/or discharge of transgender members regardless of legal gender designation. This policy is not intended to change the character of SLG nor to waive the rights under Title IX. As such, SLG is open to and will not deny membership to women based on legal designation or sex assigned at birth. Entities will not ask any individual to provide proof of gender or sex assigned at birth.

No information received.

National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations

Led by the Vice President, Street, it was motioned and approved to include gender non-conforming language in our Sorority documents as well as an article for inclusion. She/her/hers pronouns and vocabulary, such as woman, women, sister(s), sisterhood, alumna(e), etc. are still used when referring to current and prospective members of our Sorority. This article will include those who identify as gender non-conforming or who undergo a gender transition after Activation. They are eligible and included in the use of she/her/hers pronouns and will be referred to individually as an “Individual”, or collectively as the “Individuals.” The article also prohibits chapters from refusing an individual for membership due to gender identity and prohibits the termination of membership based solely upon gender identity/.

“No individual, including individuals who self identify as men at the time of application, regardless of their gender assigned as birth, shall be denied membership on the basis of race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, age, or disability.”
That is to say, our official stance currently is that they self-identify as a man at the time of application, however this is not something we explicitly ask for applicants to disclose.

Kappa Delta Chi invites trans women and non-binary people to consider membership in our sxsterhood. No applicant or member is required to submit documentation regarding gender. According to Kappa Delta Chi's National Diversity Policy, "the Organization adopts the most expansive policy under present law in order to prevent exclusion and/or discharge of transgender members regardless of legal gender designation."

Men will always be considered, regardless of other identities the potential member holds. This is inclusive of cisgender men and transgender men. Identities that may be considered for membership include non-binary, gender nonconforming individuals who are committed to the advancement of manhood. Identities that will not be considered regardless of belief in manhood are cisgender women, what we define as a person designated female at birth and identify as a woman. No member is required to provide documentation regarding their gender. We welcome all men as they self-identify. Additionally, all gender expressions of students extended membership are welcome in our organization.

Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-based organization with multicultural membership. Women, regardless of their sex assigned at birth, are eligible for membership. Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. also works with interested members on any needed accommodations to maximize their engagement in our intake and membership experiences.

Membership at the undergraduate level is open to all males, regardless of race, culture or creed.

National Pan-Hellenic Council

Policy is in discussion.

Any male student of an accredited college may be presented as a candidate for membership in a college chapter

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will consider for membership (including potential applicants, candidates, pyramids, new and existing members) any female; any individual who self identifies as female, regardless of “her” assigned sex at birth who live and consistently identify as women.
Individuals who were assigned male at birth but live and consistently self-identify as women are eligible for membership. Individuals who were assigned female at birth but self-identify as men are not eligible for membership or to continue to be members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
An applicant/candidate/pyramid/member must self-identify as a woman and all materials (inclusive of application materials) must support and verify this self-identification.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. policy is one of self-identification. To be considered for membership, an applicant must select “female/woman” on the membership application and all supporting documentation must support this self-identification.

No information received.

There is no policy.

Single Gender - Cisgender members only. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. is an organization for cisgender men, which we define as a person designated male at birth and who identifies as a man.

No information received.

No information received.

Panhellenic Council

Women, including those who live and identify as women, regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth, are eligible for membership in Alpha Chi Omega.
Alpha Chi Omega remains, as it always has been, a women's organization. Those assigned female at birth who live and identify as men are not eligible for membership.

Alpha Delta Pi’s membership policy language was updated in 2017 to include membership eligibility to individuals identifying as women, including trans women.

As stated in the Constitution of Alpha Epsilon Phi, individual membership shall be limited to women. A woman, for the purposes of our laws, and our organization, is any individual who at the time of both her pledging and initiation, self identifies as a woman, regardless of her assigned sex at birth. Any such individual should be considered on an equal basis with all other potential new members for membership in Alpha Epsilon Phi. This policy is intended to uphold the mission of Alpha Epsilon Phi as a women’s organization.

Because we are a women’s organization, membership is open only to those who consistently live and identify as women. The Fraternity respects each member’s choice to use feminine and/or gender-neutral pronouns or to decline the use of pronouns.

While members of Alpha Phi are neither selected nor rejected based upon age, religion, individual political affiliation, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability, membership in Alpha Phi is open only to women based upon exemption given social fraternities and sororities by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

The Governing Council is modifying the Policy on Membership to include females and individuals who identify as women. As the understanding of gender has evolved, it is vital that Chi Omega’s membership policy reflects this evolving definition of gender.

Membership is open to all individuals who identify as women and who have a sincere desire to uphold our shared values, as outlined in Article II. We resolve to eliminate inequities and address behaviors that do not align with our values.

Membership in Delta Zeta is open to individuals who identify as women.

Our mission is to offer women lifelong opportunities for intellectual, and personal growth. Those who identify as women are eligible for membership in Kappa Alpha Theta.

Kappa Delta is an organization for women. Our collegiate chapters may consider for membership those who self-identify as women.

Kappa Kappa Gamma is a single-gender organization comprised of women and individuals who identify as women whose governing documents do not discriminate in membership selection except by requiring good scholarship and ethical character. All chapters are expected to adhere to these documents.

Federal law recognizes the right of college social fraternities to maintain single sex membership policies. Pi Beta Phi is a women’s organization for individuals who live and self-identify as women.

Any student who identifies as a woman or as non-binary is eligible for membership in Phi Sigma Rho.

Any individual who consistently lives and identifies as a woman who qualifies for membership under the Bylaws and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a college or university in which a chapter is located shall be eligible to be pledged.