Beasa Dukes, a bigender and transmasculine student at Longwood University, recently accepted a bid into the college’s Phi Mu Delta fraternity.
According to Longwood’s student run newspaper, The Rotunda, Dukes is the second bigender student to be offered a bid, but the first to accept one.
“If you deny (them), just because they don’t look like you do or don’t identify fully as you do, or they’re not your ideal woman or your ideal man, it’s always good to be open-minded,” Dukes told the Rotunda paper earlier this month.
Currently a senior majoring in English, Dukes is biologically female, but does not solely identify as male or female.
A member of the fraternity came to Dukes last spring as well as this spring about joining Phi Mu Delta. And president of Phi Mu Delta Daniel Parrish told the student newspaper as long as a person as “outstanding moral character” they should be able to join the organization.
“To me, it was about this person’s moral character and how they are and the values they hold,” said Parrish.
Longwood University’s Phi Mu Delta isn’t the first to extend their outreach to LGBTQ individuals.
Recently, two fraternities at the University of Oregon announced they will start accepting transgender men into their organizations. A transgender freshman at Arizona State University was also accepted last year into a fraternity on campus.
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