Trans-Inclusive Greek Organizations

February 20, 2016

In a recent ThinkProgress article titled, Greek Organizations Are Slowly Becoming More Trans Inclusive, Br. Sean Finn of the Gamma Gamma Chapter shared his thought-process when joining Delta Lambda Phi:

Being a part of [Delta Lambda Phi] it really provided a social community experience I don’t think I would have found without it, so joining the fraternity gave me a sense of community, a sense that I belong. It made me feel like I had a place at the University of Iowa and that I could turn to any single member and say I need your help with X, Y, or Z. Could you help me? Or I’m going through a rough time. I’m able to rely on any single member to have my back and really support me — and though you can make friends at the university or through student organizations, you really don’t have common values and those common ideals.

The article explores how some other Greek organizations are working to becoming more inclusive; Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity, Zeta Chi Sorority, Xi Omicron Iota Sorority, Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity, and more. It further speaks to some of the challenges that still exist in the way of complete inclusiveness; namely the process by which members are accepted into the organizations. Br. Finn went on to say:

I thought no fraternity would exist out there that I would be willing to partake in because of the toxic masculinity culture that is very prevalent, but I found out that Delta Lambda Phi was not like that, just getting to know the people who were in my chapter.