Sunday, February 15, 2015

University of Iowa's LGBT Sorority is Slowly Blossoming!

Two years ago, I wrote that the University of Iowa was assessing whether or not it was a good idea to start up a new campus sorority geared towards lesbian, bisexual, and progressive women. But I never heard the results of this deliberation. It turns out a small sorority came out of those deliberations and they are recruiting new sisters:
The 16 women of Gamma Rho Lambda were helped this Tuesday by a UI Mass Mail, an email sent out to all students at the university. “We’re a progressive women’s sorority, dedicated to changing what it means to be in a sorority, and exploring queer Greek life,” the email stated.

“The email kind of announced our presence to campus,” said Voloria Noland, the sorority’s recruitment chair, at an event Saturday afternoon. “You wouldn’t think it would be very hard to find people who fit in this niche.”

Sitting around a kitchen table at the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center on campus, a mix of eight members and recruits introduced themselves to each other. Just two years into its existence, the sorority operates just as any other sorority does...

Also like all sororities, Gamma Rho Lambda is open to women of all backgrounds and diversities. Gamma Rho Lambda hopes to be the sorority that also acts a support group for anyone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or is an LGBT ally.

“We’re open for anyone who self-identifies as a woman,” member Chelsea Niles said.
The UI's Gamma Rho Lambda is still a "colony," which means its still pretty new and need at least one more class of recruits and planned philanthropic events in order to become an actual chapter of the sorority. They hope to become an official chapter later this year.

I wish the women of Gamma Rho Lambda lots of good luck as they work towards becoming an official sorority chapter!

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