Seven Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG) members at the University of Wyoming are suing their sorority after a 6’2″, 260-pound biological male who identifies as a trans woman was accepted into the chapter.
Following a majority vote — one that was meant to be anonymous, but actually wasn’t — Artemis Langford, 21, a contributor to a local publication called The Branding Iron, was allowed to join the KKG chapter, thanks to language contained in recent inclusivity guidance issued by the sorority’s leaders, Reduxx reports.
With membership comes perks, and while Langford isn’t currently taking advantage of this one, he can now live in the KKG sorority house which is home to up to 50 women.
Langford is reportedly expected to move into the house within the year. Once there, he’ll be able to use the shared shower facilities, which feature doors that do not lock, according to Cowboy State Daily. The main bathroom, located on the second floor, doesn’t even have private changing areas.
1. If you still have a penis and you are attracted to women, it is acceptable for women to exclude you from their space.
2. This person clearly has issues. To blatantly walk around women with an erection isn't just gross. It is creepy and threatening.https://t.co/ek2cFzPT3y
— Cherry "Long Covid Is Rare" Davis (@DACDAC4DAC) March 29, 2023
It is on the second floor that Langford is regularly seen, sitting in the common area, watching the women go by.
In their lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for Wyoming on Monday, the KKG women argue, “An adult human male does not become a woman just because he tells others that he has a female ‘gender identity’ and behaves in what he believes to be a stereotypically female manner.”
“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,” it alleges.
The unnamed women are all current or past members of the UW Kappa Kappa Gammas, and they are asking the court to void Langford’s membership. Both the sorority and its council president, Mary Pat Rooney, are named in the lawsuit, which refers to Langford as “Terry Smith,” with “he/him” pronouns.
Speaking with The Branding Iron following his acceptance into the sorority, Langford bragged about what a “trailblazer” he is.
“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,” he said. “They want to break the glass ceiling, trailblazing you know, and I certainly feel that as their first trans member, at least in the chapter in Wyoming history.”
Kappa Kappa Gamma is devoted to creating equitable and inclusive spaces within our organization. To read more about this decision, please visit: https://t.co/1jd97BrIkR pic.twitter.com/3UzA3X1SYO
— Kappa Kappa Gamma (@KappaKappaGamma) April 13, 2021
But seven of his sisters are accusing Langford of being a Peeping Tom.
According to them, he likes to watch the women, his erection visible on at least one occasion, as they move through the house in various stages of undress.
“One sorority member walked down the hall to take a shower, wearing only a towel … She felt an unsettling presence, turned, and saw Mr. Smith watching her silently,” the lawsuit reads.
“Mr. Smith has, while watching members enter the sorority house, had an erection visible through his leggings,” it continues. “Other times, he has had a pillow in his lap.”
What’s more, the complaint alleges, Langford “seeks to meet women” on Tinder, indicating he is “sexually interested” in them.
And if all of this isn’t creepy enough, Langford allegedly snapped photos of his sisters and made inappropriate comments at a sorority slumber party.
“Smith repeatedly questioned the women about what vaginas look like, breast cup size, whether women were considering breast reductions and birth control,” the lawsuit claims.
Though he finally left the gathering at around midnight, after the women had fallen asleep, he was back the next morning just in time to stand silently in a corner and watch them change out of their p.j.’s.
Online, folks are furious.
“How is this remotely ok?” asked one incredulous Twitter user.
How is this remotely ok?
— Laura “In my Prime” Lynn (@LauraLynn209) March 29, 2023
Guy should be arrested. And @uwyo should know there is literally no process by which a man ‘becomes’ a woman. No surgery, wardrobe change, hormones, drugs, declaration, or makeup turns a man into a woman. Men cosplaying as women are offensive as blackface.
— BeeLady (@miamivandynyu) March 29, 2023
Women who opposed were told they could leave, but do nothing about a male getting aroused while watching females.
Society is broken. We need sanity back!
— Jeff Shepherd (@JeffvShepherd) March 29, 2023
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