We need you Divine Nine sororities to state one way or the other that either yes, we recognize trans women as the women you are and would love to have you join us if you qualify for membership or no, we don’t want you even if you do qualify so we know where you stand.-TransGriot
July 7, 2017
Been saying for a while that Black Greek Letter Organizations need to step up and decide once and for all what their policies will be when it comes to transgender people, and we now know which way Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc was leaning.
They decided to roll with transphobia.
Back on January 12 according to reporting by the Washington Blade, the sorority’s International Executive Board adopted a ‘diversity statement’ that states a prospective member ‘must be a cisgender woman‘ to join the organization.
Translation: No trans women need apply to join Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
It then hypocritically says that Zeta Phi Beta ‘values all people, regardless of race, age, gender, gender expression, ability, disability, creed, religion or walk of life’.
This problematic move comes as more HBCU’s are making positive changes to their enrollment policies to accommodate transgender students.
So we now know where Zeta Phi Beta stands when it comes to trans women potentially becoming members of their sorority, and it’s their loss.
As I have said repeatedly, trans women aren’t going away or back in the closet. The ‘finer womanhood’ you claim you wish to build also includes trans women who may be down with the mission of Zeta Phi Beta.
But you’ll never know that, because you’ve barred tras women from joining. That’s not only not cool, but it reinforces to the world once again the false narrative that Black people are ‘more transphobic ‘