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Newsletter > September 2015 > "Sigma Phi Epsilon Becomes First Men’s Fraternity to Adopt Clear Transgender Policy"
Sigma Phi Epsilon Becomes First Men’s Fraternity to Adopt Clear Transgender Policy
Tim Burke, Manley Burke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sigma Phi Epsilon appears to be the first traditional men’s fraternity to adopt a clear transgender policy. The policy adopted this summer 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. This policy is intended to uphold the mission of Sigma Phi Epsilon as a fellowship of men and should not be interpreted as changing the all-male character of the Fraternity or as a waiver of the Fraternity’s exempt status under Title IX.”
One writer described the adoption of that policy this way:
“Transgender acceptance and inclusivity, probably the predominant hot-button topic of 2015, has officially made its way into one of the most tradition-centric and exclusive networks of men in our country. American fraternities, widely perceived as an outdated good ol’ boy club stuck in its ways, made history recently.”1
Actually, several National Panhellenic Conference women’s organizations have already adopted specific policies making it clear that they welcome those who identify as women to be considered for membership. Delta Gamma announced in 2014 that its “membership is open to women and transgendered persons who identify themselves as women.”2 More recently, Sigma Sigma Sigma adopted an “inclusivity” policy providing that “a potential new member who self-identifies as a woman shall be treated as a woman regardless of any other circumstances.”
Sig Ep’s decision is further evidence that the acceptance of transgender individuals continues to grow, not just on ESPN.
2 Fraternal Law, September 2014, Delta Gamma States Transgender Policy.