When Gerald Dessus and Dr. Khyle Wooten founded Beta on March 21, 2009, with Anthony Fluellen, they were students at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. They sought to create an organization that would give voice and safety to queer people who struggled to experience belonging in mainstream spaces. They envisioned a fraternity where members could walk boldly in their truth and be innovative and unapologetic about their queerness.
That is why we are here. Our founders created Beta Gamma Chi because they believed in the right to a chosen family. They believed every member of the LGBTQ+ community should have access to safe spaces that affirm, validate, and humanize their experiences.
Our Core Beliefs
We believe in the right to a chosen family.
We believe that every member of the LGBTQ+ community should receive the support they need to survive and thrive in a heteronormative world.
We believe that every member of the LGBTQ+ community should have access to safe spaces that help them accept and affirm their most authentic selves.
We believe that our platform and voices can be tools to promote organizations, advocates, and initiatives that actively work to eliminate inequity and injustice.
The mission of Beta Gamma Chi Fraternity is to enhance the quality of life for queer people by implementing and facilitating community programs. We aim to uplift, educate, empower, love, and serve members of the LGBTQ+ community by providing ongoing membership and fellowship opportunities. And we work to promote the positive welfare of queer people on college campuses by partnering and collaborating with local LGBTQ+ service organizations.
Our vision is to provide LGBTQ+ youth and adults with a sense of belonging, resources, and the development they need to live authentically and courageously.