By: Miles Daniel Bilka
In celebration of back to school, here are the most inclusive greek organizations for trans guys!
As Greek life becomes more accepting, trans guy’s opportunities to safely join Greek organizations has only increased. Life in college can be a wonderful place for LGBTQ+ individuals to express themselves and their identities freely. Whether that be through friends, clubs, or greek organizations. During my time in college, I found that joining a fraternity helped me find a sense of belonging.
This list is meant to be a guide and is not all-inclusive. It is my hope that you use this as a starting point to help you discover and navigate the organizations on your campus. I should also mention, just because an organization doesn’t have anti-discrimination policies in place yet, doesn’t mean you won’t be welcome in their space.
Using the tips below, you can navigate what organizations might be the best fit for you.
1. Attend welcome events at the beginning of the semester.
These events are jam-packed with all the organizations found on your campus. This is a great place to check out booths, get free things, and make some friends.
2. Reach out to your LGBTQ+ services office on your campus.
These offices are typically student-run, and a great place to start your search! This office will help you find inclusive organizations that match your interests.
3. Decide what kind of organization you are looking for.
Strictly social? Or are you more interested in a professional or service-based fraternity? Knowing this will help you narrow down your search.
4. Research social media accounts.
Social media is a very good representation of an organization’s values. If you’re not impressed, there are plenty of other organizations!
5. Talk to an older member of the organization.
You can tell a lot from your interactions with current members that have been in the chapter for over a year. To avoid any bias, you should also see how other students react to the chapter that interests you.
Inclusive Male Fraternities
While most fraternities have anti-discrimination rules set, some have gone above and beyond to protect LGBTQ+ students. These organizations have publicly advocated for the inclusion of transgender men.
● Delta Tau Delta (ΔΤΔ)
In 2016, Delta Tau Delta publicly announced that transgender men were now eligible to join.
● Sigma Phi Epsilon (ΣΦΕ)
Sigma Phi Epsilon’s transgender membership policy was made public in 2015. This policy states, “Sigma Phi Epsilon 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”.
● Delta Lambda Phi (ΔΛΦ)
Delta Lambda Phi was founded by gay men for all men. The current policy reads, “males and people who identify as men” are encouraged to join. Pictured below is the Alpha Chapter at the 1993 March on Washington for LGBT Rights.
● Nu Phi Zeta (NΦZ)
Nu Phi Zeta welcomes any man regardless of their age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, culture, social class or other bias. The current policy reads, “Open to male-idenitfied individuals from all walks of life, including trans men. We respect all pronoun choices and sexual orientations.”
LGBTQ Greeks park it up for Black Gay Pride weekend https://t.co/jKJu6AcD1a— ΝΦΖ Fraternity Inc. (@NPZ_2009) September 14, 2018
● Kappa Psi Kappa (ΚΨΚ)
Kappa Psi Kappa was created for progressive men of all ethnic backgrounds, cultures, and sexual orientations.
Because this week is Transgender Awareness Week, we wanted to support our trans brothers and sisters by posting a thread with some information, history, science, and support!
— Kappa Kappa Psi (@KappaKappaPsi) November 19, 2020
● Delta Chi (ΔΧ)
During their 2016 convention, Delta Chi adopted an equality policy to now include any individual who identifies as a man.
We wish a very happy Pride Month to our LGBTQ+ members, volunteers, and friends of Delta Chi! Delta Chi is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone of all sexual orientations, races, ages, abilities, and ethnic backgrounds.https://t.co/MeHkJCQysp pic.twitter.com/4QV7rVg07h— Delta Chi (@DeltaChiHQ) June 17, 2020
● Pi Lambda Phi (ΠΛΦ)
In 2019, Pi Lambda Phi added a transgender membership policy to allow all those who identify as male to be eligible. It is noted on their website that representation has been important since their inception. Read the story of Juliet K., a recognized trans woman alumna.
Inclusive Coed Fraternities
Many inclusive coed Greek organizations exist, with values based on anything you can dream of. Whatever interests you have, it’s likely that you will find a fraternity for you! These organizations below were founded on the values of inclusivity.
● Gamma Rho Lambda
(ΓΡΛ) Gamma Rho Lambda is the first LGBTQ+ organization created for cis women, trans women, trans men, and non-binary students.
Happy first day of Pride Month!— Gamma Rho Lambda (@grlnuchapter) June 1, 2019
Through the month of June we will be featuring some of our members who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community, and letting them show why this month is important to them!
● Alpha Delta Phi Society
Alpha Delta Phi Society is a gender-inclusive Greek society founded in 1832. Their policy states, “ Diversity and inclusion are the cornerstones on which we were built. We foster growth by enabling people to learn from and surround themselves with a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.”
Miles Daniel Bilka, CNP is a Digital Marketing Manager, Content Creator, & Passionate Activist throughout the Nonprofit Sector.