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Sorority Announces it Will Accept Transgender Members

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 Mar 2017 07:00 PM

A sorority at the University of Minnesota has announced it will accept transgender members, making it the first Greek organization in the country to do so, The Minnesota Daily reports.

The national Alpha Chi Omega organizations announced on Feb. 17 that local chapters would be allowed to change their membership rules to accept members who are transgender, Total Sorority Move reported.

"I know that on a national level, it was a question that was starting to come up a lot," local chapter President Alex Hansen told The Minnesota Daily. "It's not something that a lot of chapters nationally have made the choice to have."

University of Minnesota chapter member Melissa Medved credited changed attitudes toward people who identify as a different sex than they were born with as helping the move to be made.

"It pushed Alpha Chi to prove that we are really inclusive and empowering to our women," she said. "A transgender woman is just as much of a woman as I am."

Transgender students will be recruited informally in the spring and formally in the fall.

The sorority's National Member Standards will not change, reported The Crimson White, the student newspaper at The University of Alabama.

"While this decision by Alpha Chi Omega's National Council is certainly a step in the right direction, policy change does not necessarily equal behavioral change," Alex Reeder," president of Spectrum, The University of Alabama's LGBTQ Student Organization, told The Crimson White.

"The onus is now on the members of Alpha Chi here on this campus to promote acceptance through their daily actions for this policy change to combat the transphobia present at UA and have a significant impact on our campus climate overall."

Reaction on Twitter was mixed, though members of the sorority were generally in favor of the change.

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