Bethany Biron
November 12, 2016 1:01 pm
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It’s been a hard week for many of us, but one sorority isn’t sitting still for it. Some of our faith in humanity returned after  more than half of the sorority members of Alpha Omicron Pi at Tufts University in Massachusetts quit. Why did they walk out? Because their national organization expressed hesitancy about letting a transgender woman join their chapter.

46 women in total have left the sorority in solidarity and protest since October, according to CBS News.

 

The letter explains the details of the incident. Apparently, an official member of the organization didn’t want to extend the pledge membership.

The primary issue is that sororities are legally exempt from Title IX policies. These policies protect indivduals from exclusion for sex or gender.. Alpha Omicron Pi is one of three National Panhellenic Council sororities that does not have an official policy protecting transgender women.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that Alpha Omicron Pi denied a member for being trans, as Cosmopolitan notes.

Emily Kaufman at the University of Michigan was also denied a bid from the school’s chapter.

In the Tufts Observer, Samantha expressed her gratitude to the sorority women, thanking them for their kindness.

We’re so proud of these women for taking a stand for what they believe in and fighting discrimination.

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