Theta Pi Sigma, LGBT fraternity, comes to University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is welcoming its first and one of the nation's first LGBT fraternities this semester, The Diamondback reports.

Students behind the Epsilon chapter of Theta Pi Sigma, a gender-neutral coed organization, say that their main mission in coming to College Park is to create an accepting space for the LGBT community within campus greek life.

"It's open to people who want to get involved on campus and feel like a traditional fraternity or sorority isn't for them," chapter secretary Shira Steinberg told The Diamondback.

Members of the fraternity need not be gay or lesbian to become a member. Only four other chapters of Theta Pi Sigma, which began in 2005, are currently in operation.