Zeta Phi Beta: There is no ‘ban’ on transgender women

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A historically black sorority founded at Howard University nearly a century ago said on May 12 there is no “ban” on transgender women who may want to join.

The Washington Blade last month obtained a copy of a “diversity statement” adopted by the Zeta Phi Beta International Executive Board on Jan. 12 that states “an individual must be a cisgender woman” to join the organization. The statement at the same time says the sorority “values all people, regardless of race, age, gender, gender expression, ability, disability, creed, religion or walk of life.”

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Stonewall Kickball in DC provides a place for LGBT camaraderie

By : Kevin Majoros OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Above: (Upen (L) and Vic Jones, members of Stonewall Kickball.) (Upen photo by Ian Foulk; Jones photo courtesy Jones)

The Washington Blade All Star series continues to spotlight the journeys of members of the LGBT sports community in Washington. This week we meet two LGBT players who have found their place in Stonewall Kickball.

Everyone has seen the packs of Stonewall Kickball players walking through the streets of D.C. on Sunday afternoons. With their colorful team shirts, they’re hard to miss as they make their way to the post-game events. After moving into the District, Upen noticed them and a quick Google search showed an upcoming registration for the Spring 2018 season.

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Zeta Phi Beta bans transgender women from membership

By : James Wellemeyer OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: (Photo by RaEdits via Wikimedia Commons)

Zeta Phi Beta, a historically black sorority founded at Howard University, says transgender women are not eligible for membership.

A “diversity statement” adopted by the Zeta Phi Beta International Executive Board on Jan. 12 states “an individual must be a cisgender woman” to join the organization. The statement at the same time says the sorority “values all people, regardless of race, age, gender, gender expression, ability, disability, creed, religion, or walk of life.”

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