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zeta phi beta bans transwomen from pledging sorority

April 26, 2019
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Exclusion is a nasty practice, as Zeta Phi Beta has exemplified with their recent ban on transgender women from pledging their sorority. The historically Black soro, founded at Howard University, has adopted trans-exclusionary language that stipulates that “an individual must be a cisgender woman” to join the origination, according to the Washington Blade which received a copy of Zeta’s “diversity statement.” A statement that simultaneously states that the soro “values all people, regardless of race, age, gender, gender expression, ability, disability, creed, religion, or walk of life.” Except if you’re trans, of course.

Zeta Phi Beta is one of the most historic and largest sororities in the world with more than 100,000 members and 800 chapters in the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

The move comes as more HBCUs and their institutions are expanded their policies to include queer and trans folks, like Morehouse, which will now admit transmen. It’s really sad to see such a powerful and unifying organization turn its back on any Black folks, especially those in need of the most support and who are so deserving of sisterhood.