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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 package, but it also covers your participation in the Crossing Ceremony and your registration for the 2022 Beta Conference. If making this financial commitment is a concern for you, you should know that being a member of this fraternity requires you to make an ongoing financial commitment. Our members pay $180 a year ($15/mo) for active membership. If you cannot make this initial financial commitment, Beta may not be the fraternity for you.

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. 2. Once you have submitted your application, our Director of Membership, Malcolm Richardson, will contact you via email to schedule your Round 1 interview between November 1 and December 21. 3. If you pass the interview process, you will be required to take new member education classes for 9-10 weeks beginning January 7, 2022.

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. 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 the LGBTQ+ community. Programming requires engagement. It requires you to assess the needs and resources that exist within your local community and attempt to solve, address, or bring awareness to those specific needs. As an organization, even though we value volunteer work and community service’s selflessness, we have intentionally promoted more service programming because it has a far more significant impact and 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 strategic partnerships with LGBTQ+ centers that serve youth. Check out some of our partners here.

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. Our members are governed by a Board of Directors consisting of our founders, three veteran members, and three community members-at-large. Our executive staff make up our National Supreme Council and are tasked with overseeing membership, programming, and day-to-day operations. And at the local level, our members elect Region Representatives to facilitate planning and member development. We do not conduct business blindly. Our fraternity leaders 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. Under our current leadership, we have ensured our organization’s sustainability for years to come. For example, in 2017, more than 80% of our fraternity's income depended on member-related fees. In 2019, we decreased that percentage to 67%, and in 2020, due to our deliberate intent to explore other funding sources, we reduced our dependency on member-related fees to 40%.

2. What standards and expectations do you have for members?

We strive to hold ourselves to a high standard. Our members pledge to:

  • 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
We expect our members to:
  • 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?

To apply for membership with Beta Gamma Chi, you must:

  • 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