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Beta Gamma Chi Fraternity exists within a large network of unaffiliated LGBTQ fraternities and sororities. We are cognizant of just how important choosing the right fraternity for you is. First and foremost, we encourage you to do your research and learn as much as you can about all of your options, but here’s why you should consider becoming a member of Beta Gamma Chi:

We provide a safe, loyal, and consistent community to anyone who is courageous and vulnerable enough to open their arms to us. Our members realize that our connection and bond is deeper than friendship. We are a family of siblings whose lives are forever interconnected and interwoven in a deep belief of love and selflessness that is difficult for us to explain. Just like any family, in our personal relationships, we may disagree, have different preferences, or find ourselves connected to some personalities more than others. However, what is most important is that we communicate with each other, we put in the work to strengthen our bonds with each other, we all commit to creating a safe space for every member, and we show up for everyone, every time.

Our members come from diverse socio-economic and educational backgrounds, and we have careers in a variety of fields. However, our fraternity has always strived to help members develop the social, emotional, and intellectual skills and competency necessary to thrive in professional spaces. We offer workshops, mentoring, and leadership training to all members at regional and national convenings each year. As our Founders always say, “when you give your best to Beta, Beta in return gives its best to you.” That is our commitment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT

When was Beta Gamma Chi founded?


We were founded on March 21, 2009 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by Anthony Fluellen, Gerald Dessus, and Khyle Wooten. To learn more about our history, click here.




What are your core beliefs?


We root our work in core beliefs, which our members refer to as pillars. You can learn more about our core beliefs by clicking here.




What is your fraternity's policy on diversity and inclusion?


Not only do we accept genderqueer, non-binary, and transgender men as members, we have aligned our programming and initiatives to support and affirm all silos of the LGBTQ+ spectrum. To learn more about our stance on inclusion, click here.




What standards do you have for your members?


Being a member of this fraternity comes with a higher standard that you must hold yourself to. When you become a member, you are pledging to:

  • remain committed to our brotherhood.
  • pursue your own happiness within and outside of the fraternity.
  • be honest with yourself, your brothers, and your friends and family.
  • be passionate about your goals and your future within and outside of the fraternity.
  • be courageous and fearless with every action within and outside of the fraternity.
  • remain dignified and professional.
  • and fully embrace change, growth and continuous improvement.




What expectations do you have for your members?


When you become a member, you must commit to:

  • being a role model for queer youth.
  • communicating and building friendships with members in your region.
  • serving as a Big Brother to newly inducted members.
  • engaging in community service.
  • participating in fellowship and development opportunities.
  • participating and contributing in meetings.
  • paying annual dues.




What is your fraterniy's vision?


Beta Gamma Chi envisions a community where LGBTQ+ youth have the resources, development, and mentorship they need to live openly, freely, and safely. To read more about our strategic vision, what we're doing to work towards it, and how that work connects to our mission statement, click here.





STRUCTURE

Is the fraternity tax-exempt?


Yes, Beta Gamma Chi is exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). This means that we are classified as a public charity and accept contributions from donors. Our public charity status is 509(a)(2), which means more than a third of our financial support is made up of donations, membership fees, and the services we provide.




What is your organization's grievance policy for members when they have a concern?


We feel this information is important to share with any potential member because it is imperative to know how you will be supported before deciding to join a fraternity. For us, creating a safe space for all members is a top priorty. Our grievance policy supports members in communicating concerns and ensures those issues are resolved quickly. Communication regarding grievances will take place, in most cases, between members and Region Representatives. We follow the four steps below when communicating and resolving grievances.

  1. If a member seeks to raise a grievance that has not been resolved informally, they are encouraged to do so during open forum at the conclusion of their monthly regional meeting. The Region Representative may ask clarifying questions and may request evidence if necessary.
  2. The representative will then follow up with the aggrieved member in writing or schedule a conference to collect additional details.
  3. The representative will work with the aggrieved member in an attempt to resolve the grievance. However, if they are unsuccessful, the representative may seek council from the Regional Director or escalate the grievance.
  4. If a grievance is escalated at the national level, the documented report will be triaged to a member of the National Supreme Council that can immediately resolve it. Grievances may be honored or rejected. If a grievance is honored at any level, it is the responsibility of the aggrieved member and the responding leadership member to collaborate with reaching a resolution. That resolution will be presented in writing. Grievances may be rejected when claims are either unfounded, contradictory, previously resolved, or antiquated. The aggrieved member will be presented with an explanation for their rejected grievance in writing. If at any point the aggrieved member wishes to appeal the outcome of their grievance, they must do so in writing to the Fraternity President.




Does your organization have a strategic plan?


Yes, our Board of Directors and National Supreme Council meet every four years to create a strategic plan for the fraternity. Our current strategic plan, Imagine 2024, is accessible to all members. It prioritizes three organizational goals: strategic partnerships, financial development, and membership growth.




In regard to financial stability, how dependent is your organization on member dues?


In 2017, more than 80% of our fraternity's income was dependent on member dues. In 2019, that percentage decreased to 67%, and this fiscal year, due to our deliberate intent to explore other funding sources, we have decreased our dependency on member-related fees to 44%.




What standards do you hold your fraternity leaders to?


The following professional standards were designed to help leaders be mindful of their conduct within and outside of the fraternity. None of us are masters at these standards, but they provide us with something to strive towards. We are in the field of community engagement, which means we deal with people, all the time. We strive to remain cognizant of how we communicate, how our delivery is received, and when it is important to repair relationships. When problems arise, we do not let them fester. We address them, fix them, and move on.

  • We Serve. At the core of what we do is service. We serve the entire LGBTQ community. The successful development and well-being of queer people is our business.
  • We Take the High Road. We strive to always do the right thing, even when it is inconvenient. We are fair and we treat people with respect.
  • We Don’t Quit. We have each made a long-term investment in the development of our brotherhood. So no matter what, we don’t give up. We do more with less. If something is not working, we fix it. We always find a way.
  • We Have Fun. We strive to foster a positive and caring culture of support and success. We do this by engaging in authentic and fun social activities.
  • We Assume the Best. When our members or allies make choices that we do not agree with, we assume that there is unbiased and logical reasoning behind their decisions. We approach every situation calmly and vulnerably. No blame. No shame. No guilt.
  • We Have Challenging Conversations. We do not shy away from straight talk. We face reality, communicate honestly and respectfully, and we hold each other accountable.
  • We Are Visible. We perform our tasks with a high level of integrity and transparency. We openly communicate all developments, successes, and challenges.
  • We Stick Together. We understand that the work that we do is a collective effort. We are in this together. We may disagree, but at the end of the day, we support each other 100%.





SERVICE

What does community service look like in the fraternity?


Service programming is one of the most essential components of the work that we do. Without it, we are simply a social club. Now there is a difference between community service and service programming. We define community service as any volunteer work done by a person or group of people that benefits others. Most often this looks like volunteering at different events or community centers, community clean-ups, etc. On the other hand, service programming involves designing programs or events that enable our members to serve specific demographics of the LGBTQ+ community. Programming requires engagement. It requires members to assess the needs and resources that exist within the community and attempt to solve, address, or bring awareness to those specific needs. As an organization, even though we value the selflessness of volunteer work and community service, we have intentionally promoted more service programming because it has a far greater impact, and it encourages more engagement from our members. Nonetheless, our regions have the autonomy to determine how their region is best suited to serve the community. ✓ We have a proven track record of fundraising for philanthropic causes. ✓ We have found success in facilitating local community events. ✓ We are building new strategic partnerships with LGBTQ+ centers that serve youth.




What are you hoping to accomplish with your service programs?


We ultimately want to work towards our vision, which includes

  • advocating for more community centers that actively meet the needs of queer youth.
  • petitioning for more K-12 schools to hire Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practitioners who develop, facilitate, and monitor school-based programs and curricula that promote identity and community development.
  • and petitioning for college campuses to actively recruit and retain queer students and faculty and form DEI task forces that work to design and implement policies that protect and invest in queer students.




What programs does your fraternity have?


Our fraternity has a host of programs that we're currently piloting and working to expand. Use the links below to learn more about each program.





JOINING

What type of financial commitment will I be required to make?


As a membership candidate, you are required to pay an intake fee of $255 that is divided into three payments. Your first payment of $85 must be made by January 8. Your second and third payments will be debited in February and March. Your intake fee not only covers the cost of your induction package, it covers your participation in the Crossing Ceremony and your registration for BetaCon 2021. When considering joining Beta, take the following guidelines into consideration.

  • Membership candidates who fail to make Payment 1 by January 8 are not permitted to participate in Kick Off Weekend, thus canceling their participation in new member education classes.
  • Membership candidates who fail to make Payments 2 or 3 within three days beyond the due date will not be permitted to continue their process. If candidates miss a payment by a week, their candidacy will be revoked.
If making this financial commitment is a concern for you, we encourage you to contact our
Director of Membership, Malcolm Richardson right away. However, being a member of this fraternity requires you to make an ongoing financial commitment. If you are unable to make this initial financial commitment, Beta may not be the fraternity for you. Once you become a member, you will be required to pay $15/mo beginning April 1.




Does your fraternity haze?


Beta Gamma Chi Fraternity does not encourage, condone, or tolerate hazing in any form. This includes any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off Fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. No membership candidate will ever be asked to do anything that may humiliate them or cause them mental, emotional, spiritual, or physical harm. Noncompliance

  • Regions that violate the Anti-Hazing Policy will immediately be placed on probation. All recruitment and intake activities facilitated by the region will be suspended. In addition, the region’s voting rights will be temporarily revoked.
  • Members whose actions do not comply with the Fraternity’s Anti-Hazing Policy may be expelled from the Fraternity and all of its programs.
  • Membership candidates who voluntarily submit to hazing may be denied membership into the Fraternity.




I am a member of another fraternity, can I still apply to Beta Gamma Chi?


Members and membership candidates of Beta Gamma Chi Fraternity must be mutually exclusive of and in competition with other Greek and non-Greek-Lettered fraternities that serve the LGBTQ+ community. This means that no member of Beta Gamma Chi shall knowingly initiate a member of another LGBTQ-serving fraternity until the competing fraternity has formally notified our Director of Membership that the potential member is no longer regarded as a member of the competing fraternity. Likewise, current members and membership candidates of Beta Gamma Chi Fraternity are prohibited from joining another LGBTQ-serving fraternity during the life of their membership with Beta Gamma Chi.




How do I actually become a member?


  1. If you determine that Beta is the fraternity for you, we encourage you to complete an application. Our application will become available on our website on October 1. Potential members must submit their application no later than December 11, after which the application will no longer be accessible.
  2. Once you have submitted your application, Director of Membership Malcolm Richardson will contact you via email to schedule your interview. You will interview via video conference with members from our Membership and Recruitment Committee. All interviews will be scheduled between November 1 and December 15.
  3. If you successfully complete the interview process, you will be required to take new member education classes for 9-10 weeks.
  4. Once you have successfully completed the classes and passed your induction exam, you will inducted at our national conference.




What are new member education classes?


New member education classes are the weekly sessions that you will attend via web with your Dean of Membership and your line siblings. During these classes, you will learn more about who we are, how we operate, who we serve, what we do, and the traditions, customs, and values that hold us together. These classes occur twice a week; they are no more than two hours each, and you are required to attend each one for the duration of the program. Missing more than one session or having consistent tardiness or scheduling conflicts may result in your candidacy being revoked. This information will be outlined for you in detail during your new member orientation.




What is the induction exam?


All membership candidates are required to take an induction exam, in person, at the conclusion of their new member education classes. In order for their membership to be granted, they must pass the exam with 85% accuracy or higher. The exam includes both written and oral components. If a candidate does not pass the exam, they will be required to take additional classes to further prepare them.




What is BetaCon?


All membership candidates are required to attend crossing weekend during BetaCon 2021. Candidates who do not attend will not be inducted into the fraternity. BetaCon is our annual fraternity conference. Your hotel expenses during BetaCon will be discounted by the fraternity’s contribution. Thus, you will not have to pay more than $50 for your hotel stay. However, you will be required to make your own travel arrangements to and from the hotel. Travel arrangements must be finalized no later than February 26. Receipt or proof of your travel itinerary must be provided to your Dean of Membership. Event Details: BetaCon 2021 Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Thursday, March 18 –– Sunday, March 21 You are required to attend all four days. *Early departure (12PM or 1PM) on Sunday.




What happens once I become a member?


Once you are inducted into the fraternity, you will be considered an active member. Active members are expected to attend at least 8 monthly regional meetings (via web, phone, or in-person), regularly attend regional and national events, participate or promote philanthropy projects, and pay annual dues. Annual dues total $180. Members have the option to pay the full annual amount before January 1 each year or sign up for automatic monthly payments of $15.