Gamma Rho Lambda
ΓΡΛ
The crest of Gamma Rho Lambda.jpg
FoundedNovember 20, 2003; 19 years ago (2003-11-20)
Arizona State University, (Tempe, Arizona)
TypeSocial
EmphasisLGBTQ+
ScopeNational
Mission statementGamma Rho Lambda is an all-inclusive social sorority exemplifying the qualities of tolerance, diversity, unity, and trust, which provides a network of assistance in the areas of scholastic guidance, emotional support, and community service while ultimately developing the lifelong family bonds.
MottoTruth in tolerance, knowledge through diversity, bonds of unity, strength in trust
Colors  Purple and   Black
SymbolWolf
FlowerSunflower
MascotWolf
PublicationThe Wolf's Howl
Chapters11
Colonies0
Members400 collegiate
400 lifetime
NicknameGRL
HeadquartersPO Box 352367
Los Angeles, CA 90035
United States
Websitewww.gammarholambda.org

Gamma Rho Lambda (ΓΡΛ) is a social, college-based sorority for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, and allied students.[1] Gamma Rho Lambda has been referred to as the first national multicultural lesbian sorority; however they are inclusive of cisgender women, trans women, trans men, and gender variant people of all sexualities and racial identities. As of 2019, GRL consists of seventeen active chapters and three colonies across twelve states with an active membership of over 400, including alumni and collegians.[2]

History

Eleven of the twelve founders of Gamma Rho Lambda
Eleven of the twelve founders of Gamma Rho Lambda

Gamma Rho Lambda, Alpha chapter, was founded in the Fall of 2003 by 12 original members at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.[3] The sorority was initially created because the founding president and members wanted an organization similar to the GBTQ-focused fraternity on campus, Sigma Phi Beta.[4]

2005 to 2010

In 2005, Gamma Rho Lambda began the daunting task of expanding nationally, as Alpha chapter had been approached by several interested women on other campuses in the United States. Over the course of the next year, Gamma Rho Lambda worked to expand to these campuses, functioning in a national and local capacity at the same time.

In 2006, with enough alum members to support a national council, Gamma Rho Lambda National Sorority became independent of Alpha chapter. Since then, the national sorority has been working on expansion, adjusting to the needs of its chapters and members, and bettering the community overall through these efforts.

The sorority expanded to San Diego State University and Georgia Southern University.[5] University of Missouri became a colony.[6] San Diego State University gained chapter status as Beta chapter.[7] Kansas State University became a colony.[8] California State University, Northridge, University of California, Los Angeles, Purdue University and SUNY Albany became colonies.[9] University of Missouri colony disbanded from Gamma Rho Lambda to focus more on political involvement. Kansas State University gained chapter status as Delta chapter [10] and Purdue University gained chapter status as Eta chapter.[9][11]

2010 to 2015

Gamma Rho Lambda rapidly expanded during this time. Northern Arizona University, SUNY Albany, University of Houston, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, Ball State, Tulane University, Iowa State, American University, and University of Iowa became colonies of Gamma Rho Lambda and later chapters [12] Additionally UL Lafayette and UT Austin were inducted as colonies.

2016 to present

UL Lafayette and UT Austin were initiated as Sigma and Tau chapter, respectively. Longwood University, University of Arizona, and Missouri S&T were initiated as colonies in the spring of 2016 and became chapters in early 2017. Also, Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University were inducted as colonies in the fall of 2016 and became chapters in late 2017. Virginia Commonwealth University was inducted as a colony in 2018.

In January 2021, Gamma Rho Lambda National Sorority opened its membership to people of any and all gender identities, thereby including cisgender men in their siblinghood.

The provisional chapter at University of Nevada, Reno was inducted as Alpha Delta chapter in February 2021. Today, Gamma Rho Lambda active membership (including Alum & Collegians) consists of over 400 active members.

Gamma Rho Lambda National Sorority's main philanthropic efforts are to benefit The Trevor Project, but chapters may also have locally-based philanthropy.

Symbols

The sorority's official colors are purple and black. The wolf is its symbol and mascot. Its flower is the sunflower. Its motto is: "Truth in tolerance, knowledge through diversity, bonds of unity, strength in trust."

The Lambda symbol was adopted by the New York City's Gay Activists' Alliance in the 1970s during the Stonewall Riots. Since then, the Lambda has spread as a symbol for the gay liberation movement. Because of its history, the Lambda was chosen to be a letter in the sorority's Greek name. The Gamma and Rho symbols were chosen because with the Lambda symbol, they spell GR (girl").[13]

Visible symbols in the coat of arms include the lioness, the bear, the unicorn, the crown of thorns, the metal crown, the Isle of Lesbos symbol with shaking hands, the upside down black triangle, the Eye of Horus, the hand, the sword, the ivy leaf vine, the elephant tusk, and the cinquefoil.

Governing council

The sorority's day-to-day business activities are overseen by the National Governing Council which acts as the board of directors. It was established in 2006, when there were enough alumni members to support a National Council. Since then, Gamma Rho Lambda National Sorority has been working not only on expansion, but also adjusting to the needs of our chapters and members and bettering the community overall through these efforts. Council consists of thirteen elected alumnae who are elected every two years; This includes one President, Ten Vice Presidents and two Alumni at Large Delegates. Additionally, each VP has a committee to assist them in projects. Each chapter and colony has a mentor who assists them in any issues and provides guidance as they develop.

Chapters

Active chapters are indicated in bold. Inactive chapters are indicated in italic.

Chapter Chartered/Range Institution Location Status Reference
Alpha November 20, 2003 Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona Active [14][15]
Beta 2008–20xx ? San Diego State University San Diego, California Inactive [14][16][a]
Gamma Georgia Southern University Statesboro, Georgia Inactive [14]
Delta 2009–201x ? Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas Inactive [14]
Epsilon 2010–20xx ? California State University, Northridge Northridge, California Inactive [14][16][b]
Zeta 2010–20xx? University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California Inactive [14][16][c]
Eta November 20, 2010 Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana Active [14][15][c]
Theta 2011 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Arizona Inactive [14][d]
Iota 2011 University at Albany, SUNY Albany, New York Inactive [14][c]
Kappa November 12, 2011 University of Houston Houston, Texas Active [14][15][d]
Lambda April 27, 2012 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California Active [14][15]
Mu 2012–201x ? University of California, Riverside Riverside, California Inactive [14]
Nu November 16, 2013 Ball State University Muncie, Indiana Active [14][15]
Xi 2013–20xx ? Tulane University New Orleans, Louisiana Active [14][16]
Omicron April 19, 2014 Iowa State University Ames, Iowa Active [14][15]
Pi American University Washington, D.C. Inactive [14]
Rho April 25, 2015 University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa Active [14][15]
Sigma 2015–20xx ? University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, Louisiana Inactive [14][16]
Tau April 30, 2015 University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas Active [14][15]
Upsilon 2017 Missouri University of Science and Technology Rolla, Missouri Inactive [14][e]
Phi April 22, 2017 University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona Active [14][15][e]
Chi April 22, 2017 Longwood University Farmville, Virginia Active [14][15][e]
Psi 2017–20xx ? Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio Inactive [14][16][e]
Omega 2017 Active [17][f]
Alpha Beta 2017–20xx ? Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio Inactive [14][16][e]
Alpha Gamma 20xx ?–20xx ? Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia Inactive [16]
Alpha Delta 20xx ?–20xx ? University of Nevada, Reno Reno, Nevada Inactive [16]
Alpha Epsilon June 2021 George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia Active [14][15][g]

Notes

  1. ^ Started as a colony in 2005.
  2. ^ Started as a colony in 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Started as a colony 2009.
  4. ^ a b Started as a colony in 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d e Started as a colony in 2016.
  6. ^ Reserved for deceased members.
  7. ^ Started as a colony in the fall of 2019. Its installation was delayed because of the COVID pandemic.

See also

References

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