Longtime sorority members booted after backing lawsuit seeking to remove transgender

Two women who are longtime alumni of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority in Wyoming are claiming they are being ousted for backing a lawsuit to remove a transgender member.

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A case against Kappa Kappa Gamma over the right of the sorority to choose its own members was dismissed by a federal judge in August.

Patsy Levang and Cheryl Tuck-Smith have been affiliated with the organization for more than 50 years and are now being expelled reportedly for fundraising and supporting the lawsuit which sought to remove Artemis Langford, who is transgender.

Both Levang and Tuck-Smith were accused of utilizing private sorority email lists and contact information to solicit other members for donations and to provide updates on the lawsuit. They were also accused of speaking as sorority sisters to numerous media outlets without the national office’s permission.

On Monday, Allie Coghan, a Kappa Kappa Gamma alumni and a plaintiff in the lawsuit, stated on “FOX & Friends First” that she was disappointed over the fallout from the litigation.

“It was really disappointing to hear that they’re being dismissed because this is retaliation against women, and it’s supposed to be an organization meant for women,” Coghan remarked to co-host Carley Shimkus.

“So to hear that they didn’t want to see these brave women sticking up for us and supporting us, then, I mean, where are we supposed to go? Where are women supposed to go if a women’s organization isn’t going to stick up for itself?” she asked.

Levang, who is a past Kappa Kappa Gamma National Foundation president, was disheartened that she was being booted from the organization.

“My heart was saddened when the current six council members voted me out. However, I will not be quiet about the truth,” she proclaimed in a press release that was issued by the Independent Women’s Forum.

Tuck-Smith was also saddened over being expelled. She vowed to continue to educate others about the “dangers” of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

She said she was “hurt” by the sorority’s decision to expel her after decades of contribution.

I was… disturbed that KKG has become a political tool rather than an organization that promotes women,” she stated according to the New York Post.

“We do not share information publicly about policy violations that may result in disciplinary action,” Kappa Kappa Gamma said in a statement that was given to “FOX & Friends First.”

“The decision to remove the members came after Kappa Kappa Gamma in August ‘applauded’ a federal judge in Wyoming for dismissing a case against the group over the right of a sorority to choose its members,” Fox News reported.

“The judge’s dismissal was predicated on the plaintiff’s failure to state any plausible claim and for flinging allegations that were deemed ‘unbefitting a federal court,'” the news outlet added.

The national organization that heads Wyoming’s Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority was sued in March for allowing Langford, who is a trans woman and 21, into the sorority in 2022.

The suit contended that Langford had “been voyeuristically peeping on them while they were in intimate situations, and, in at least one occasion, had a visible erection while doing so.”

Coghan’s case is now in front of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals according to her attorney May Mailman who is from the Independent Women’s Law Center. The court will have to address the question of “What is a woman?” in the lawsuit.

“There the issue is going to be Kappa’s bylaws protect women. It says that only women can be members,” Mailman said on “FOX & Friends First.”

“So the big question for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is what is a woman? Do you know what a woman is? This is something that we don’t expect to be a very difficult legal brief to write. But we do hope that the 10th Circuit understands reality, has seen women around them, can spot one, understands what one is,” Mailman concluded.


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