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Brotherhood, self-empowerment, character ... and transgender acceptance? One college fraternity is changing the way Greeks see queer people.

At its May 14 meeting in Tucson, the Sigma Phi Beta fraternity's national board of directors passed a policy allowing transgender students to join the organization. This decision allows individuals who self-identify as male to seek membership. Neither their sex at birth nor the legal recognition of their gender identity matters.

"Any organization can claim to be transinclusive, but we really want to walk our talk," says fraternity president and chairman Sam Holdren. "In developing this policy, we put some meat behind our statement of trans-inclusivity."

Steven Tran, a member of Sigma Phi Beta, Alpha Chapter, who now identifies as gender-queer, could not be more thankful for the fraternity's new policy: "No matter what any of my brothers or I decide to do with our identities, once a brother, always a brother."
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Author:Anthony, Michael
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 4, 2006
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