An organization of homosexual men interested in joining Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated are claiming discrimination and allegedly threatening to file a lawsuit against the sorority because they have been barred from becoming members. The men, who call themselves MIAKA, have been on the scene for years and though the “Divine 9” try to ignore them, they keep popping up again.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., [was] founded at Howard University on Jan. 15, 1908. The group of men, whom all are homosexual, are alleging homophobia and gender discrimination by the sorority.
News of MIAKAs first surfaced a couple years ago when men founded an unofficial chapter of AKA at Texas Southern University and Prairie view A&M.
Members of the Greek community were shocked when the Tri Alpha Chapter of MIAKA presented photos of men adorned in pink and green and pearls, while throwing up their “pinkies.” People were even more shocked to learn the chapter had even filmed a probate show with sounds of the sorority’s famous call “skee wee” being heard in the background.
See the MIAKA men “strolling” here:
While some people have used the ill conceived argument that to deny the men of MIAKA entry to AKA, is somehow on par with denying the LGBT community the civil right to marry, ChaValier N. Sharps disagrees and says the issue goes so much deeper than meets the eye:
“I speak only for myself and not for any organization, in whole or in part, but having men in a sorority and women in a fraternity as it relates to the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) would completely change the dynamics of the organizations, as gender has a lot (not all) to do with the respective programs, just as the girl scouts and boy scouts,” says Sharps, a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. “Men and women have different issues to address in terms of the social constructs that exist in this society, even more so black men and black women, respectively. Add this with the history of the organizations as previously stated, and membership of those who wish to join for reasons other than what is outlined by individual guidelines, bylaws, and requirements muddles everything. The institution that is AKA, much like the others of the NPHC is far more than colors, calls, synchronized movements, and inaccurate movies that solely focus on the aforementioned — which is what rogue organizations [such as MIAKA] have at the heart of their agendas, for even the calls, colors, and synchronized movements go far deeper than outsiders may know.”
See the MIAKA Men’s probate show here:
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