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Published On: Wed, Mar 8th, 2017

Alpha Chi Omega will allow students with gender dysphoria, transgenders to pledge, join sorority

Alpha Chi Omega, the 193-chapter national sorority, will now allow transgender men, or those suffering with gender dysphoria, to become pledges and, ultimately, full-fledged members.

The sorority currently fails to mention the word “transgender” on its website, notes The College Fix.

A new video released last month by Alpha Chi Omega national president Angela Costly Harris clearly sets forth the new policy.

“Hello, sisters,” Harris tells Alpha Chi Omega members in the video.

“Members from all across the country have sought guidance about transgender women who’ve expressed interest in joining,” she explains. “To stay relevant in today’s world, Alpha Chi must be inclusive of all who live and identity as women regardless of their gender assigned at birth.”

The University of Iowa’s campus newspaper, a few other national sororities including Kappa Kappa Gamma and Delta Gamma already accept transgender pledges.

“Alpha Chi Omega is, as it always has been, an organization for women,” Alpha Chi Omega UMN said on Facebook. “The mission of our organization is clear: From advocating for domestic violence awareness and teaching women of all ages how to cultivate healthy relationships, to providing leadership and education opportunities, Alpha Chi Omega exists to develop and empower real, strong women.”

“We want to continue to live this important mission in today’s world, and we feel this is an amazing step towards achieving that!!”

photo John Hain

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