- Patsy Levang and Cheryl Tuck-Smith were expelled from Kappa Kappa Gamma
- Both had been with the organization for more than 50 years
- They allegedly violated the group’s policies by fundraising for the lawsuit contesting the admission of a transgender woman
Two University of Wyoming sorority alumni have been callously removed as members after more than 50 years by the national organization after supporting a lawsuit to oust the first transgender member.
Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters at University of Wyoming alleged earlier this year that the 6ft2, 260lb trans member would ‘peep at (the other girls) while visibly aroused’
Patsy Levang and Cheryl Tuck-Smith, who had been with Kappa Kappa Gamma for more than 50 years, were expelled after they allegedly fundraised for the lawsuit contesting the sorority’s admission of a transgender woman.
The national organizations alleged that Levang and Tuck-Smith used the sorority’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 sorority sisters challenging the admission of Artemis Langford and accusing Langford of being a sexual predator.
Both women strongly denied the allegations, stating that the decision to terminate their memberships is at odds with Kappa values.
‘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 press release issued by Independent Women’s Forum.
‘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 53-year-long member said she was ‘disturbed that 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 consideration.
‘A member may be dismissed for violating the purposes and standards of the Fraternity.’ the Kappa Kappa Gamma Standards Director wrote in a letter to Levang.
The alleged violations include the ‘Use of Membership Lists and Contact Information Policy, Local Regional or National Media Policy, Speaking for the Fraternity Policy, and the Human Dignity Policy’ among others.
Both women denied those allegations and defended their actions in backing the lawsuit in their separate responses to Kappa Kappa Gamma.
They were informed of the final decision to expel them on November 1st, as the executive director said in a email that the organization ‘regrets the necessity of this action’.
The sorority accused Patsy and Tuck-Smith of speaking with multiple publications without being approved and ‘soliciting’ donations to fund the lawsuit against the sorority.
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 ruled to dismiss this case—affirming a private organization’s right to choose their members,’ the spokesperson said.
DailyMail.com has contacted Levang and Tuck-Smith for comments but has yet to hear back from them.
A district court judge found in favor of the sorority and Langford in Westenbroek v. Kappa Kappa Gamma, ruling that the sorority’s bylaws – as a private, voluntary organization – don’t define who’s a woman.
The six members had raised safety concerns and detailed allegations against Langford, but said they were told to ‘change our definition of woman’ in the September 2022 lawsuit
Several members of the sorority also claimed Langford’s presence in their home left them feeling ‘vulnerable’ and ‘uncomfortable’.
They alleged that she would stare at the other girls for hours without saying anything, while sitting with a pillow in 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, breast cup size, whether women were considering breast reductions and birth control’.
On one occasion, one of the women claimed she was changing clothes inside the house without a bra on, but turned around to find Langford, 21, staring at her, the complaint alleged.
Fellow sisters reportedly later said that Langford had ‘his hands over his genitals’ and appeared sexually aroused.
At the heart of the lawsuit was the issue of defining a ‘woman’, with the sorority sisters arguing that because KKG’s governing documents define it as a space exclusively for females, the organization broke its own rules by admitting a biological male.
The sisters claimed that the sorority changed its criteria to allow Langford to apply, while KKGs lawyers said the definition of ‘woman’ has evolved since the sorority’s founding 150 years ago.
‘The term (woman) is unquestionably open to many interpretations,’ the sorority’s filing claimed.
Although the plaintiffs offered a definition in their lawsuit as an ‘adult human female’, KKG said this was restrictive, and were seeking to dismiss on the basis of changing views around what constitutes a ‘woman’.