Via Campus Reform:
At the start of this semester, Delta Tau Delta became the second fraternity at the University of Oregon to accept transgender members, joining the school’s Delta Upsilon chapter.
According to The Daily Emerald, DU already had such a policy in place prior to this semester, in keeping with the “advancement of justice” called for in the national organization’s founding principles.
“One of our founding principles is the advancement of liberal culture,” explained DU vice president of Loss Prevention Henry Korman, adding that while the chapter’s ranks do not currently include any trans men, “It is really important to allow anyone who identifies as male to be in the fraternity.”
DTD member Zach Lusby offered a similar justification, saying, “one of the driving elements in our fraternity is that we value excellence, and we would lose a lot of good men if we excluded transmen.”
DTD announced its new policy via Twitter on February 2, saying that “as of January 2016, @DeltaTauDelta welcomes transgender members,” and adding, “Can’t wait to see our family grow!”
DU responded several days later with a tweet congratulating DTD “for joining us in welcoming trans men into their chapter,” and boasting that “together we’ll be a force for change in @UOfsl [Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life].”