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Two women were removed as alumnae of their sorority after pushing for the sorority to allow only biological women as members.
Patsy Levang and Cheryl Tuck-Smith were expelled from Kappa Kappa Gamma after they supported and fundraised for a lawsuit to remove Artemis Langford, a trans-identifying biological male as a member. The two women had been affiliated with the sorority for 50 years before they were expelled. Levang had previously been a Kappa Kappa Gamma National Foundation president.
“My heart was saddened when the current six council members voted me out. However, I will not be quiet about the truth,” Levang said in a statement.
Tuck-Smith said she was “hurt” by the termination but also “disturbed” that the sorority has become “a political tool rather than an organization that promotes women.”
“My dismissal simply spurs me on to educate others about the dangers of DEI which in reality does not support diversity, equity and inclusion,” Tuck-Smith said.
The women’s expulsion was determined by national leadership and is effective immediately, according to the Independent Women’s Forum, which released a press release about the matter last week.
Allie Coghan, a Kappa Kappa Gamma alumna and a plaintiff in the lawsuit that sought to oust the trans-identifying male member, called the sorority’s decision “disappointing.”
“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 told Fox News.
“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 added.
The sorority commented on the expulsion but did not provide additional information about the decision.
“We do not share information publicly about policy violations that may result in disciplinary action,” Kappa Kappa Gamma said in a statement to Fox News.
Last September, Kappa Kappa Gamma allowed 21-year-old Langford, a biological man who identifies as a woman, to join the sorority’s University of Wyoming chapter.
This prompted a lawsuit from six female members of the school’s sorority chapter.
The women sued the national organization in March, alleging 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.”
However, a federal judge dismissed the case, and the case is now before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.