It looks like the Alpha Chi Omega sorority is about to live up to its Twitter bio: “Real. Strong. Women.”
According to Glamour, the sorority announced a month ago that it will begin to accept transgender women to all of its chapters nationwide — a move that Alpha Chi Omega national president Angela Costley Harris wrote aligns with their mission:
“Alpha Chi Omega exists to develop and empower strong women,” Glamour says she wrote to sorority members. “If we are to continue to live this important mission in today’s world, Alpha Chi Omega must be inclusive of all who live and identify as women, regardless of their gender assigned at birth.”
So far, Glamour shares that response by active Alpha Chi Omega members has been positive, with several members around the country offering welcoming messages of acceptance.
While there are others who have expressed concerns, perhaps the move is best summed up by the director of the LGBTQ+ Resource Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who shared with Glamour that Alpha Chi Omega’s decision “demonstrates the growing awareness of gender identity going beyond the binary and a recognition and acceptance that gender is not binary.”