Omicron Epsilon Pi
ΟΕΠ
FoundedFebruary 7, 2000; 24 years ago (February 7, 2000)
Tallahassee, Florida
TypeSocial, non-collegiate
AffiliationIndependent
StatusActive
EmphasisFeminine Lesbians of color
ScopeNational
Motto"Not for ourselves, but for all in diversity'"
PillarsAchievement, Diversity, Leadership, Pride, Service, and Sisterly Love
Colors  Royal Blue,   Platinum, and   Viridian
FlowerWhite Camellia
JewelOpal
MascotLioness
PhilanthropyProject E.M.P.O.W.E.R.ment
Chapters6 regions
HeadquartersP.O. Box 55352
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
United States
WebsiteOfficial website

Omicron Epsilon Pi (ΟΕΠ) is a non-collegiate American women's sorority with an emphasis on lesbians of color. Founded in 2000, it was the first Greek letter organization catering to the needs of lesbian women.

History

Omicron Epsilon Pi has its origins in a group called Iota Lambda Pi, a sorority for Lesbian women of color that was formed on February 7, 2000.[1] It was the first Greek letter organization catering to the needs of lesbian women.[2][3] Its founders or Sapphires were Lakisha Goss, Michelle McCallum, Janiece Smith, and Stefany Richards.[1] Eventually Iota Lambda Pi's members decided to become a fraternity that would focus on aggressive or dominant women, also known as butch or stud women.[1][4]

Gross and Smith then established Omicron Epsilon Pi as a sorority to focus on feminine lesbians. One of the goals of the sorority is to "create a haven for lesbian women where they are fully accepted without the fear of being ostracized or stereotyped."[5]

On February 5, 2005, Kalicia Fresh and Danielle Guess were inducted as additional founders for their work and support of the sorority.[1]

Symbols

Omicron Epsilon Pi's colors are royal blue, platinum, and viridian.[6] Its flower is the white camellia.[6] Its jewel is the opal.[6] Its mascot is the lioness.[6] The sorority's motto is "Not for ourselves, but for all in diversity."[6] The sorority Platinum Elements or pillars are Achievement, Diversity, Leadership, Pride, Service, and Sisterly Love.[7]

Membership

Omicron Epsilon Pi is a sorority with an emphasis on lesbians of color.[2][3] It welcomes women of integrity and moral standing into its memberships.[8] It is community-based, rather than a collegiate organization; its members are not required to have attended a university or college.[8]

Philanthropy

The sorority created Omicron E.M.P.O.W.E.R.ment as its charitable nonprofit.[9] Omicron E.M.P.O.W.E.R.ment was incorporated in the State of Georgia on February 1, 2018.[9] Its activities include serving the community, empowering youth, and helping to develop future leaders.[9] Its current priorities are domestic violence, equal rights, homelessness, LGBT parenting, and suicide prevention.[10]

Annually in May, it events nationwide to remember the life and death of Sakia Gunn, a 15-year-old feminine dominant lesbian who was murdered after she turned down the advances of Richard McCullough.[11][10] It provides seminars and collaborates with community organizations during National Suicide Prevention Week.[12][10] It provides support and education about LGBT parenting each February.[13][10] The sorority also works to address domestic violence each October during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.[14][10] In November, it works with local service providers to help address homelessness for National Homelessness Month.[15][10]

Governance

Omicron Epsilon Pi is managed by an executive board.[16] It is organized into six regions of the United States.[17]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d "About". Omicron Epsilon Pi. Retrieved 2024-07-01.
  2. ^ a b "What a rush: a lesbian sorority" Curve magazine, December 1, 2004
  3. ^ a b Choron, Harry and Sandra (2004). College in a Can: What's In, Who's Out, Where To, Why Not, and Everything Else You Need to Know about Life on Campus. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 25–26. ISBN 0-618-40871-1.
  4. ^ "Iota Lambda Pi Fraternity flyer | DigiNole". Florida State University Digital Repository. Retrieved 2024-07-01.
  5. ^ "Why A Strictly Lesbian Sorority". Omicron Epsilon Pi. Retrieved 2024-07-01.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Symbols". Omicron Epsilon Pi. Retrieved 2024-07-01.
  7. ^ "Home". Omicron Epsilon Pi. Retrieved 2024-07-01.
  8. ^ a b "Membership". Omicron Epsilon Pi. Retrieved 2024-07-01.
  9. ^ a b c "Omicron E.M.P.O.W.E.R.ment is a non-profit 501(c)(3) incorporated in GA". Omicron Epsilon Pi. Retrieved 2024-07-01.
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Project E.M.P.O.W.E.R". Omicron Epsilon Pi. Retrieved 2024-07-01.
  11. ^ "Equal Rights". Omicron Epsilon Pi. Retrieved 2024-07-01.
  12. ^ "Suicide Prevention". Omicron Epsilon Pi. Retrieved 2024-07-01.
  13. ^ "LGBT Parenting". Omicron Epsilon Pi. Retrieved 2024-07-01.
  14. ^ "Domestic Violence". Omicron Epsilon Pi. Retrieved 2024-07-01.
  15. ^ "Homelessness". Omicron Epsilon Pi. Retrieved 2024-07-01.
  16. ^ "Leadership". Omicron Epsilon Pi. Retrieved 2024-07-01.
  17. ^ "Regions". Omicron Epsilon Pi. Retrieved 2024-07-01.