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SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego State University (SDSU) Beta Chapter of Gamma Rho Lambda (GRL) is gearing up to host its Fall 2012 rush events and is looking for interested students to get involved.
GRL is a queer-based social sorority focused on fostering a progressive environment for its members to excel in social, academic and community settings. By providing a forum for diversity, expression and understanding, future leaders will be empowered with the courage to affect social change.
The sorority has been referred to as the first national lesbian sorority, however the group's website says that it strives to be inclusive of all members, whether they identify as lesbian, bisexual, ally, transgender, questioning, straight or choose to not identify with a "label."
This semester's rush events include:
• Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 5 pm: Listen Up! Learn about the history of the sorority, what we do, what we're about, etc.
• Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 3 pm: Lambda 'Lympics. Organizers say this event will be similar to a mock "pumps and pants" event. There will be several relay type games to promote solidarity and unity.
• Thursday, Sept. 20 at 7 pm: Taco Thursday. GRL traditional "Taco Thursday" night at Trujillos Taco Shop.
• Monday, Sept. 24 at 5 pm: Listen Up! Learn about the history of the sorority, what we do, what we're about, etc.
• Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 pm: Lights, Camera, Action! Enjoy a drive-in movie night with the GRLs.
• Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 pm: Bid Night. Those selected for membership will receive their "bids."
Chapter leaders say that any student who wishes to be considered for a bid must at least attend one of the two "Listen Up!" events.
Taylor Coffin, one of the chapter's leaders, says that the thing she likes most about being a part of GRL is that it is like a family.
"You hear the term 'sisterhood' or 'brotherhood' tossed around in Greek life, but we tend to shy away from those terms and use 'familyhood' instead GRL is different in the sense that we truly are a family and we can always count on each other," Coffin said. "GRL is different in the sense that we truly are a family and we can always count on each other."
SDSU's chapter of GRL started in 2004 as an "interest group" and became a "colony" in Summer 2005. In July 2008, the group officially became the Beta Chapter.
GRL participates in a number of social and service activities throughout the year, and works closely with SDSU's other LGBT groups, including the LGBT Student Union, the Cross Cultural Center, and the Department of Women's Studies.
For more information about GRL or to learn how to get involved, click HERE.