Two University of Wyoming sorority alumni are expelled from the National Organization for supporting a lawsuit to depose a transgender member who ogled their sisters
Two University of Wyoming sorority alumni have been callously removed as members by the national organization after more than 50 years after supporting a lawsuit to oust its first transgender member.
Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters from the University of Wyoming claimed earlier this year that the 6-foot-2, 260-pound transgender would “peek at (the other girls) while visibly aroused.”
Patsy Levang and Cheryl Tuck-Smith, who worked at Kappa Kappa Gamma for more than 50 years, were expelled after allegedly raising money for the fraternity’s lawsuit challenging the admission of a transgender woman.
The national organizations alleged that Levang and Tuck-Smith used the fraternity’s contact list for fundraising and violated the organization’s media policy by identifying themselves as Kappa members without permission.
The decision came three months after a judge dismissed the lawsuit filed by six sororities that challenged Artemis Langford’s admission and accused Langford of being a sexual predator.
Both women strongly denied the accusations and stated that the decision to end their membership is contrary to Kappa’s values.
Patsy Levang (pictured) and Cheryl Tuck-Smith were expelled after allegedly raising money for the fraternity’s lawsuit challenging the admission of a transgender woman
Cheryl Tuck-Smith (pictured) and Levang have worked at Kappa Kappa Gamma for more than 50 years
The decision came three months after a judge dismissed the lawsuit filed by six student associations challenging the admission of Artemis Langford (pictured), the school’s first transgender woman in the department.
“My heart was saddened when the current six council members voted me out, but I will not remain silent about the truth,” Levang said in a press release from Independent Women’s Forum.
“My resignation simply encourages me to educate others about the dangers of DEI, which in reality does not support diversity, equity and inclusion,” Tuck-Smith said.
The 53-year-old member said she was “troubled that the KKG has become a political tool rather than an organization that promotes women.”
In September, the national organization informed Levang and Tuck-Smith that their dismissals were under review.
“A member may be dismissed for violation of the purposes and standards of the Fraternity.” wrote the Kappa Kappa Gamma Standards Director in a letter to Levang.
The alleged violations include, but are not limited to, the “Use of Membership Lists and Contact Information Policy, Local Regional or National Media Policy, Speaking Up Fraternity Policy, and Human Dignity Policy.”
Both women denied these allegations and defended their actions by separately supporting the lawsuit responses to Kappa Kappa Gamma.
They were informed of the final decision to expel them on November 1, as the director said in an email that the organization “regrets the need for this action.”
They were informed of the final decision to expel them on November 1, as the executive director said in an email that the organization “regrets the need for this action.”
Both women denied these allegations and defended their actions by supporting the lawsuit in their separate responses to Kappa Kappa Gamma.
A judge has dismissed the lawsuit filed by six sororities challenging Artemis Langford’s admission and accusing Langford of being a sexual predator.
The student body accused Patsy and Tuck-Smith speaking to multiple publications without being approved and ‘asking’ for donations to finance the lawsuit against the student association.
The daily beats reported a spokesperson for Kappa Kappa Gamma declined to comment on internal processes.
“A federal judge carefully examined every aspect of the plaintiffs’ allegations and decided to dismiss the case, affirming the right of a private organization to choose their members,” the spokesperson said.
DailyMail.com has contacted Levang and Tuck-Smith for comment but has not yet heard back from them.
A judge ruled in favor of the fraternity and Langford in Westenbroek v. Kappa Kappa Gamma, ruling that the fraternity’s bylaws — as a private, volunteer organization — do not define who a woman is.
The six members had raised safety concerns and made detailed allegations against Langford, but said they had been told so to “change our definition of woman” in the September 2022 lawsuit
Several members of the fraternity also claimed that Langford’s presence in their home made them feel “vulnerable” and “uncomfortable.”
They claimed she stared at the other girls for hours without saying anything while sitting with a pillow on her lap.
They also accused her of taking photos of the girls at a slumber party and making inappropriate comments to them, including about “what vaginas look like, the size of breast cups, whether women are considering breast reductions and birth control.”
In the lawsuit, members of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority challenged the confession of Artemis Langford (back, far left) by casting doubt on whether sorority rules allowed for a transgender woman.
At the heart of the lawsuit was the issue of defining a “woman,” as the sororities argued that because the KKG’s governing documents define it as a space exclusively for women, the organization violated its own rules by admitting a biological male to leave.
On one occasion, one of the women claimed she was changing indoors without a bra, but turned around and saw Langford, 21, staring at her, the complaint alleged.
Fellow sisters later reportedly said Langford “had his hands on his genitals” and appeared sexually aroused.
At the heart of the lawsuit was the issue of defining a “woman,” with the sororities arguing that because KKG’s governing documents define it as a space exclusively for women, the organization violated its own rules by allowing a biological male .
The sisters claimed the fraternity changed its criteria to allow Langford to apply, while KKG lawyers said the definition of “woman” has evolved since the fraternity’s founding 150 years ago.
“The term (woman) is undoubtedly open to many interpretations,” the student association claimed.
Although the plaintiffs provided a definition of an “adult human female” in their lawsuit, KKG said this was limiting and sought to dismiss based on changing views of what a “female” is.