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.
A Message from our Director of Membership
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.
7. What happens once I become a member?
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).
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.
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 package, but it also covers your participation in the Crossing Ceremony and your registration for the 2022 Beta Conference.
3. What is the application process like?
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. You must submit your application no later than December 12, after which the application will no longer be accessible.
8. What does community service look like in the fraternity?
Service programming is one of the essential components of the work that we do. Without it, we are simply a social club.
9. How does your organization conduct business?
Joining this fraternity will give you access to a lifetime siblinghood and provide you with many opportunities to lead and serve in your local community. But Beta Gamma Chi is not a social club. We are about our business and conduct ourselves accordingly.
2. What standards and expectations do you have for members?
pursue their own happiness within and outside of the fraternity
be honest with themselves, their fraternity siblings, and their friends and family
be passionate about their goals and their 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
be role models for queer youth
communicate and build friendships with members in their region
serve as a Big Brother to newly inducted members
engage in community programming
participate in fellowship and development opportunities
participate and contribute in meetings
and pay annual dues
1. What are your eligibility requirements?
Must identify as a cisgender male, transgender male, non-binary, genderqueer, or gender non-conforming
Must be at least 18 years of age or older
Should have a high school diploma or equivalent
Should have knowledge of or experience in community service and/or philanthropy