The Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority has removed two half-century sisters from the organization for standing against the membership of a biological male.
The sorority’s leadership council revoked last month the lifetime membership of Patsy Levang and Cheryl Tuck-Smith — two women who have been members for more than a half-century — for supporting a lawsuit against Kappa Kappa Gamma, according to the Independent Women’s Forum. That lawsuit — Westenbroek v. Kappa Kappa Gamma —sought to remove Artemis Langford, a biological male who identifies as a women, from membership in the sorority’s University of Wyoming chapter.
In September, sorority leadership accused Levang and Tuck-Smith of violating the sorority’s policies. Both women responded by levying the same accusation. Ultimately, they were removed from the sorority effective Oct. 29, 2023.
The punitive action, however, failed to silence either woman.
“I was hurt when I was terminated as a member of KKG, but also disturbed that KKG has become a political tool rather than an organization that promotes women,” Tuck-Smith reacted. “My dismissal simply spurs me on to educate others about the dangers of DEI, which in reality does not support diversity, equity and inclusion.”
Levange, the former president of Kappa Kappa Gamma’s national foundation, said, “My heart was saddened when the current six council members voted me out; however, I will not be quiet about the truth.”
In a statement, the IWF accused Kappa Kappa Gamma leadership of failing to “protect single-sex spaces and women’s rights to privacy and safety as promised in Kappa’s governing documents, and has instead responded with retaliation, viewpoint discrimination, and cancel culture against its own members.”
“Sororities were founded to provide a single-sex space for women, and Kappa Kappa Gamma’s board members cannot eliminate that promise by quietly redefining the word ‘woman,'” the statement added.
A spokeswomen for Kappa Kappa Gamma told the Cowboy State Daily the sorority is not commenting on internal decisions.
In August, U.S. District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson dismissed the lawsuit seeking to remove Langford on grounds that Kappa Kappa Gamma’s bylaws do not define what a “woman” is; Johnson, moreover, refused to offer his own definition. The sorority celebrated Johnson’s decision.
The plaintiffs in the case, however, plan to file an appeal.
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