Sororities and Fraternities

Social fraternities and sororities, which were originally established exclusively for “men” and “women,” are private clubs that have the constitutional right to discriminate on the basis of sex. Trans members have historically struggled to navigate membership in fraternal organizations. In recent years, a growing number of fraternal organizations have revised their membership requirements to expressly allow trans individuals to become and remain members.

Before the Conversation

Before 2008, few fraternal organizations had policies addressing the membership eligibility of trans individuals. Even fewer had the tools to approach the topic. As a result, chapters and members had to navigate the issue on their own.

Some members who transitioned continued to be accepted by their chapters, while others limited their involvement after graduation, fearing a revocation of their membership. Some ...

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