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Why Choose Beta

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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10 Questions to Ask Before Joining

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


Yes, and no. To join Beta Gamma Chi Fraternity, you cannot be a member of another fraternity that provides services primarily to the LGBTQ+ community. If you are a former member of another LGBTQ-serving fraternity, you may apply, but you must provide proof and reasoning for your resignation. Likewise, we prohibit our members from joining another LGBTQ-serving fraternity during the life of their membership with Beta Gamma Chi. Our members, however, are welcome to explore membership services with non-competing fraternities, such as organizations that serve a professional, skill-specific, or affinity purpose.




7. What happens once I become a member?


Once inducted, you will be considered an active member. As an active member, we expect you to attend at least eight monthly meetings (via video conference, phone, or in-person), regularly participate in regional and national events, participate in or promote philanthropy projects, and pay annual dues ($180 or $15/mo).




5. When will induction take place?


If accepted into our New Member Education Program, we will require you to attend crossing weekend during our 2022 Beta Conference (BetaCon). The fraternity’s contribution will offset your hotel expenses. However, you will be required to make travel arrangements to and from the hotel. You must provide receipt or proof of your travel itinerary three weeks before the conference. Event Details: BetaCon 2022 Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel 202 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 Thursday, March 17 –– Sunday, March 20 (tentative) You are required to attend all four days.* *Early departure (12 PM or 1 PM) on Sunday.




4. What are New Member Education classes?


New Member Education classes are the weekly sessions that you will attend via video conference (or in-person, depending on local guidelines). During these classes, you will learn more about who we are, how we operate, who we serve, and how and why we serve. You will also participate in exercises that will foster siblinghood throughout your process. 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 consistent tardiness or scheduling conflicts will result in your revoked candidacy. We must note that Beta Gamma Chi Fraternity does not encourage, condone, or tolerate hazing in any form. Hazing includes any intentional action taken or situation created to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. We will never ask you to do anything that may humiliate you or cause you mental, emotional, spiritual, or physical harm. This information will be outlined for you in detail during your new member orientation.




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


Once accepted into the New Member Education Program, you must pay an intake fee of $255 ($85/mo for three months). Your intake fee not only covers the cost of your induction pa