Seven Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters sued the school, citing the trans member’s disturbing behavior, making them feel unsafe and vulnerable.
The Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter at the University of Wyoming hit back at its members who filed a lawsuit against the school after the chapter admitted a trans member last year.
The girls claim Artemis Langford, who is 6’2″ and 260lbs, “has become physically aroused around them.” They’re uncomfortable and feel vulnerable in their own house.
From Wyoming Tribune Eagle:
However, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Fraternal Council President Mary Pat Rooney and Kappa Kappa Building Co. filed their own motion to dismiss the amended complaint on the grounds the court lacks subject-matter jurisdiction over the company, lacks personal jurisdiction over Rooney and “the amended complaint fails to state a claim upon which the court can grant relief.”
“Rather than accept the results of their chapter’s decision to admit Langford, Plaintiffs bring sorority recruitment to this Court and ask that it declare her membership void ab initio,” the introduction of the memorandum of support stated. “Plaintiffs believe that Langford and anyone else who is not biologically born female should be ineligible for membership in Kappa.”
Their attorneys use nearly 30 pages of case law to back up the dismissal request and describe the complaint as “rife with false, inflammatory allegations that do not relate to the claims plaintiffs’ assert.” They argue that when putting aside the plaintiffs’ statements of “opinion and irrelevant allegations,” they fail to set for a cognizable legal chain.
The girls’ amended complaint states, “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 defendants argue that “no Kappa bylaw defines who qualifies as a ‘woman,’ and the sorority has allowed transgender women to qualify for membership since 2015 — before the plaintiffs sought membership.”
They also told the members if they didn’t like it, then resign from the sorority.
The snippets from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle sound like the chapter and school portray the girls as transphobes instead of addressing their concerns for their safety:
“Plaintiffs are wrong. Instead, they bring college gossip before this court and rehash stale boogeyman stories used to vilify the LGBTQ+ community for ages.
“Rumors such as these are not new and not unique to Ms. Langford. Plaintiffs simply follow an old playbook.”
“Ms. Langford exemplifies the best of what a Wyoming woman is,” Berkness concluded. “Yet she has been dragged before this court to defend herself against claims which do not require any party to name her personally or to wield repackaged versions of the same vicious rumors that have been used to vilify the transgender community for ages. Kappa Kappa Gamma openly accepted transgender members before any Plaintiff chose to join the sorority, yet they now ask this court to take away Ms. Langford’s seat at the table.
“Plaintiffs’ amended complaint is an abuse of this process and should be dismissed with prejudice.”
Dude. If the accusations against Langford are true, then we should worry about what makes a Wyoming woman.
The lawsuit, which identifies Langford as “Terry Smith,” alleges Langford has “had an erecting visible through his leggings” while watching the girls in the house or putting a pillow on his lap. Another girl claims he stood and watched her after she left a shower and wore only a towel.
At a lumber party, the girls said Langford asked them inappropriate questions about their bodies.DONATE
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