(FamilyConservationPAC.com) – Six sorority sisters from the University of Wyoming’s Kappa Kappa Gamma filed a lawsuit to prevent a transgender man from enrolling, but the Judge dismissed it.
The sorority sisters will now have to make room for Artemis Langford, a 6’2″, 260-pound guy who thinks he is a woman and goes by the name Dallin.
After hearing Langford’s alleged sexual misconduct, Wyoming U.S. District Court Judge Alan Johnson dismissed the case.
He said expanding the definition of “woman” to include men was “Kappa Kappa Gamma’s bedrock right as a private, voluntary organization — and one this Court may not invade.”
Johnson made his judgment using Langford’s preferred she/her pronouns and frequently referred to her as a “transgender woman.”
The University of Wyoming chapter decided to accept Langford, and a sorority with millions of members overall agreed.
Johnson wrote that the Court will not define ‘woman’ today since its investigation starts and ends there.
“The delegate of a private, voluntary organization interpreted ‘woman,’ otherwise undefined in the nonprofit’s bylaws, expansively; this Judge may not invade Kappa Kappa Gamma’s freedom of expressive association and inject the circumscribed definition Plaintiffs urge,” the Judge continued.
A 6'2 trans-identified male will remain at a sorority in Wyoming after a court dismissed a suit brought by 6 of its female members.
The women said Artemis Langford had been "watching" them undress in the sorority house, sometimes while erect.https://t.co/k4yJsIbQCD
— REDUXX (@ReduxxMag) August 28, 2023
While sorority regulations specify that “a new member shall be a woman,” Judge Johnson noted that no bylaw defines a woman.
He also referenced the following from the 2018 Guide for Supporting Our LGBTQIA+ Members:
“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.”
After a vote, the sorority accepted Langford in September 2022, giving him access to the house that can house up to 50 women.
Reduxx pointed out that Langford hasn’t been residing there, though.
The complaint was first brought by seven sorority sisters against the leadership of Kappa Kappa Gamma in March.
However, one of the plaintiffs withdrew after learning that their names would not be confidential.
The Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority’s national council president and Langford were accused of pressuring the University of Wyoming chapter to go beyond the sorority’s stated bylaws.
The lawsuit also asserts that Langford, who purportedly has a sexual attraction to women, has on occasion stood silently in front of them for hours, including once as a woman was getting out of the shower.
“A sorority member wearing only a towel made her way down the hallway to the bathroom. She sensed an uneasy presence, turned, and discovered [Langford] discreetly observing her,” according to the lawsuit.
In another occurrence, the lawsuit claims that Langford was physically aroused.
The lawsuit claims that “[Langford] had an erection visible through his leggings while watching members enter the sorority house.” He’s placed a pillow in his lap at other times, too.”
He is said to have made inappropriate remarks. He sat for an hour in the back of a sorority yoga session in December 2022 “and watched the assembled young women flex their bodies.” The claims have been refuted by Langford.
Sorority sister on Megyn Kelly podcast: “Our home is supposed to be a safe space, but some girls live in constant fear in their home.” It really is a female-only area. It is very dissimilar from living in the dorms, where male and female residents freely mix on the floors. In a sorority house, this is not the case. On the upstairs floor, there are only a few primary bathrooms that we share.”
One of the sisters, according to a different sorority sister, is particularly upset after having been “sexually assaulted or sexually harassed.”
We have the BEST Legislative Intern! We were able to keep Democrats across the state informed and engaged this session in large part due to Artemis's hard work. Thank you, @ArtemisLangford!!! pic.twitter.com/oPtUZhOOGF
— Wyoming Democrats (@WyoDems) March 6, 2023
In a statement to the Associated Press, Rachel Berkness, the attorney for Langford, expressed joy with the case’s dismissal.
“The accusations against Ms. Langford ought never to have been included in a court document. They are nothing more than vicious falsehoods that exactly mimic the kind of allegations that have been used for years to degrade and demonize members of the LGBTQIA+ community. And they’re unfounded,” Berkness wrote in an email, adding that the women’s claims that Langford is a “sexual predator” are “nothing more than a wild gossip.”
According to Cassie Craven, an attorney for the sorority sisters, they disagree with the decision and pointed out that the crucial question of what constitutes a woman is still up for debate.
“We will continue to fight for this right because “women have a biological reality that deserves to be protected and recognized, just as women suffragists have been told for decades that their bodies, opinions, and safety don’t matter,” Craven wrote.
he case is Westenbroek v. Kappa Kappa Gamma, No. 23-cv-51 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming.
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