Several former and current members of a sorority at the University of Wyoming have filed a lawsuit after a man who identifies as a woman was permitted to join.
On Monday, seven former and current members of Kappa Kappa Gamma at UW filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Wyoming, asking the court to void the membership of Artemis Langford, a 21-year-old male who claims to be female. Identified in the lawsuit as "Terry Smith," Langford gained admittance to KKG last fall, even as other pledges and sorority sisters felt uncomfortable with having a man in their all-female organization.
Though KKG altered its bylaws in 2020 to define a woman as "an individual who consistently lives and self-identifies as a woman," the lawsuit claims the sorority "betrayed" its values and its 150-year history by permitting Langford to join.
"The Fraternity Council has betrayed the central purpose and mission of Kappa Kappa Gamma by conflating the experience of being a woman with the experience of men engaging in behavior generally associated with women," the lawsuit said.
As troubling as a man pretending to be a sorority sister would be, some UW KKG members have complained that Langford, who is 6'2" and weighs 260 lbs., makes almost no effort to appear like a woman. A source connected to the sorority who spoke with TheBlaze on the condition of anonymity claimed that while Langford often wears vaguely feminine clothing, such as "a tunic and leggings with tall boots," he has not undergone any medical treatment or procedure to alter his physiognomy and make it more womanly.
The source added that all official university and government documents, including the lawsuit, refer to Langford as a male and use male pronouns in reference to him.
There is also considerable evidence that Langford is heterosexual — that is, that he is sexually attracted to women. He has created a Tinder profile seeking female matches. He was also reportedly caught watching one unsuspecting woman, wearing only a towel, walk toward the communal bathroom to take a shower.
Other KKG members claimed that Langford has become noticeably aroused when he watches women enter the sorority house. On some occasions, he "had an erection visible through his leggings," the lawsuit said, while in others, he covered his groin area with a pillow.
In one particular instance, Langford, who does not live at the sorority house, had arrived there early in the morning following a sorority slumber party. Another member then returned to the house, did not know he was in the common room with the others, and proceeded to change her shirt, even though she had no bra on underneath. When the woman spotted him in the corner, she saw that he was staring at her as she changed, the lawsuit said.
At other times, Langford has questioned his "sisters" about feminine experiences, such as "what vaginas look like, breast cup size, [and] whether women were considering breast reductions and birth control," the court document stated.
Despite the awkwardness of such moments, TheBlaze's anonymous source indicated that Langford's attraction to women was not necessarily a problem in general. According to the source, UW's KKG chapter has admitted women who have same-sex attraction and that there have been no issues with such members. "[T]here is no discomfort associated with those who have romantic interest in women," the source said, adding that there is "a silent agreement among the members that regardless of attraction, you don't pursue one of your sisters." The source stated that all same-sex attracted women have abided by that unspoken rule, but that Langford clearly demonstrated his interest in certain members, making them uncomfortable.
In addition to claiming to be a woman and joining a sorority, Langford is politically active. Wyoming Democrats claimed that Langford's "hard work" as a legislative intern helped "keep Democrats across the state informed and engaged this session."
When Langford was admitted into the sorority last fall, even as his grade point average dipped below the threshold required of other KKG members, he publicly asserted that he had broken a "glass ceiling" for "trans" women.
"I feel so glad to be in a place that, I think, not only shares my values, but to be in a sisterhood of awesome women that want to make history," Artemis Langford, formerly known as Dallin Langford, said at the time.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit want the court to compel KKG to void Langford's membership, restrict membership to biological women, and compensate them for their incurred legal fees and for violating the sorority housing contract.
"This is a gross failure in the leadership of our University," the anonymous source claimed.
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