Friday, July 07, 2017
Do You Want Trans Women In Your Ranks Or Not, Divine Nine Sororities?
-TransGriot, December 5, 2012
I've been talking about this subject for over a decade on this blog concerning the need for the Divine Nine sororities to emulate the evolutionary steps they took in admitting Latina, Asian, white, bi and lesbian women in their ranks and consider finally admitting trans women.
It's highly likely there are non disclosed trans members of Divine Nine sororities right now, but I would like to see out trans women have the ability and the option become available if they desire to do so to join. .
I would rather they do this unilaterally because as they realized in admitting Latina, Asian, white , Bi and lesbian women, it was the right thing to do. Because if you as organizations claim to embrace all women, then by default all women includes transgender women as well
I'm bringing this subject up again because DL Hughley's wannabe Que Dog behind was stoking the hellfire flames of transphobic bigotry yesterday by posing the question should trans women be allowed to join Delta Sigma Theta or by extension, any of the Divine Nine sororities?
The resulting comment thread as you probably guessed was a festering pustule of transphobia.
That's a major problem for Black trans women and our Black cis feminine allies that we need to address right now. .
So let's get this salient point established right now. Trans women exist, trans women are women, some trans women are college educated, and are an undeniably intertwined part of the Black community. Black trans women have been standing up for yours, theirs and everybody's human rights for decades in addition to being trailblazing members of the trans community
And yes,.trans kids exist, and news flash for y'all, some of those trans kids matriculating in elementary, middle school and high school classrooms across this country are Black.
The question you'll have to answer is will you turn that trans feminine child away like every other institution in society is doing to that trans feminine child right now? Will you Divine Nine sororities and elements of your membership send the message to her (and her trans feminine non-Greek elders) that you're rejecting her femininity and her existence by not including her in your esteemed ranks?
What we need to hear from you right now or in the near future Divine Nine sororities is an unequivocal answer to that question.
We need you Divine Nine to state one way or the other that either yes, we recognize trans women as the women you are and would love to have you join us if you qualify for membership or no, we don't want you even if you do qualify so we know where you stand.
The reality is you'll have to make that choice sooner or later because Black trans women aren't going away, and we're not going to stop asking this question.