Seven women filed a lawsuit against the Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG) sorority after the organization admitted a man who identifies as transgender to the University of Wyoming (UW) chapter.
Artemis Langford, 21, joined KKG last fall. Reduxx reported that Langford has yet to move into the sorority house, which houses up to 50 women, but that Langford has been a constant presence there and has made several women uncomfortable on various occasions.
“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 legal complaint states, according to Reduxx. The lawsuit was filed against the sorority and its council president, Mary Pat Rooney, on Monday in the U.S. District Court of Wyoming, the outlet noted.
“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 complaint continued according to Reduxx.
Langford is referred to under the pseudonym “Terry Smith” in the filing, which uses male pronouns to describe him. Various alleged incidents are referenced in the document, the outlet noted.
“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 court document says, per Reduxx.
“Mr. Smith has, while watching members enter the sorority house, had an erection visible through his leggings. Other times, he has had a pillow in his lap,” it continues.
At another point, the women referenced an alleged incident when Langford took photos during a slumber party event at the sorority house.
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“Smith repeatedly questioned the women about what vaginas look like, breast cup size, whether women were considering breast reductions and birth control,” the lawsuit reportedly states.
Another alleged incident involved Langford having a visible erection after seeing one woman changing her shirt. The suit reportedly stated that Langford stood with “his hands over his genitals” and later asked the woman about her “romantic attachments.”
Langford was admitted into the sorority after the chapter leaders clarified their stance on inclusivity.
“Kappa Kappa Gamma is a single-gender organization comprised of women and individuals who identify as women whose governing documents do not discriminate in membership selection except by requiring good scholarship and ethical character,” the KKG Guide For Supporting Our LGBTQIA+ Members (2021) states.
Langford spoke to local publication The Branding Iron about being admitted to the sorority during an interview last year.
“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,” Langford said at the time. “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.”