(GoRealNewsNow.com) – A group of sorority sisters at the University of Wyoming have decided to go public about their ongoing lawsuit against the university. They are suing over the university’s decision to allow a transgender woman to join their sorority. They claim this has caused them to “live in constant fear in our home,” as they allege that the individual has shown physical signs of arousal around them.
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Seven Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority members have filed a lawsuit against the university and Artemis Langford, a 21-year-old transgender student who joined their chapter in September 2022. In the lawsuit, Langford, who is 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds, is referred to as Terry Smith, a male pseudonym.
While Langford currently lives outside the sorority house, she is expected to move in within the next year. Regardless, according to their lawyer in an interview with Megyn Kelly, she often visits for meals and attends events with the sorority sisters.
Hannah, one of the sorority sisters, expressed her discomfort with the situation. She said, “It’s a weird, gut-wrenching feeling that every time I leave my room there’s a possibility that I’ll walk past him in the hall.” She emphasized the importance of women’s spaces, explaining, “Our house is our home. And you can’t do that knowing that this individual has full access to your house.”
Another student noted the situation was especially distressing for members who have experienced sexual harassment or assault and seek safety in their home.
The lawsuit claims Langford has spent hours staring at the women without speaking and has shown signs of physical arousal. For example, the suit alleges that Langford has had visible erections while watching the sorority sisters.
The sorority sisters’ attorney, Craven, argued that while safety measures have been implemented for Langford, the same has not been done for the young women. He also suggested that transgender students need their own safe spaces, but not at the expense of female students.
One student stated that she considered leaving the sorority due to the issue. But she decided against it, refusing to let her rights as a woman be compromised for the comfort of a man.
The lawsuit accuses the national Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, its national council president, and Langford of pressuring the local chapter to break sorority rules. It alleges that the induction of Langford ignored official bylaws, referring instead to a 2018 guide supporting LGBTQIA+ members.
However, Kari Kittrell Poole, the executive director of the sorority, has stated that the lawsuit contains numerous false allegations. She added that the sorority does not discriminate based on gender identity.
In their legal action, the women ask for Langford’s membership to be revoked and for unspecified damages to be awarded.