Moment sobbing transgender student Artemis Langford discovers court bid to block her from joining sorority has failed, after denying she’s predator who stared at girls while sporting erection | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #childsaftey

  • A lawsuit challenging transgender student 21-year-old Artemis Langford’s admission into a sorority has been dismissed by Wyoming District Court Judge
  • Lawsuit by six members of Kappa Kappa Gamma raised concerns about whether their sorority’s rules permitted the inclusion of transgender women 
  •  Judge determined that he could not override the private sorority’s definition of womanhood and its membership policies

A transgender student has shed tears of happiness after a judge dismissed a lawsuit that contested her admission into a sorority at the University of Wyoming.

Wyoming U.S. District Court Judge Alan Johnson, 84, ruled that he could not override how the private, voluntary organization defined a woman and the order that she not belong.

In the lawsuit, six members of the 40-strong Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority chapter challenged 21-year-old Artemis Langford’s admission by casting doubt on whether sorority rules allowed a transgender woman. 

The sorority sisters who sued said Langford’s presence in their sorority house made them uncomfortable – and alleged how Langford ‘has, while watching members enter the sorority house, had an erection visible through his leggings. Other times, he has had a pillow in his lap.’

They also accused her of taking photos of them at a slumber party and to have made inappropriate comments to them.

Artemis Langford, in her dorm room at the University of Wyoming, reacts in relief after hearing from her attorney that the lawsuit to oust her from the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority has been dismissed
A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by University of Wyoming sorority sisters contesting the admission of a transgender woman – Artemis Langford (pictured) – whom they accused of being a sexual predator
In the lawsuit, members of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority chapter challenged Artemis Langford’s (rear, far left) admission by casting doubt on whether sorority rules allow a transgender woman into the organization

Following the lawsuit’s dismissal, Langford is hopeful for a fresh start this semester. 

‘Maybe I can just be another student on campus, another regular sister in the Wyoming chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma?’ Langford told The Washington Post. ‘Maybe I can just be me.’

The lawsuit portrayed Langford as a ‘sexual predator’ but the judge found that claims about her behavior turned out to be nothing more than a drunken rumor. 

The suit also alleged Langford violated KKG policies by joining the sorority despite not being a woman, or making an effort to look like one. 

‘I wish it didn’t matter to me. All the things they said. How they painted me like a mannish freak,’ Langford said, speaking of the suit. 

‘Some parts were completely made up,’ Langford said. ‘Others were things I remember but in their version was twisted to look weird, gross, sexual.’

‘Other than occasionally wearing women’s clothing, Mr. Smith makes little effort to resemble a woman,’ the suit stated, while using the incorrect pronoun and an anonymous male name.

‘Mr. Smith is 6’2′ tall, and he weighs 260 pounds. No other member of Kappa Kappa Gamma has comparable size or strength.’

The suit tore the sorority apart with the majority of girls deciding not to stick their names on the court documents. For months, nobody knew who had decided to file until the judge forced Jaylyn Westenbroek, Hannah Holtmeier, Allison Coghan, Grace Choate, Madeline Ramar and Megan Kosa them to reveal themselves.

A photo of a text exchange between two KKG sorority members appearing to contradict earlier accusations that Langford has a visible erection around other sorority sisters
In one message a member who claimed to be in the room at the time of the alleged incident appeared to write to another member: ‘i’m pretty much 100% positive it did not happen’

Wyoming U.S. District Court Judge Alan Johnson, in his ruling, found that sorority bylaws – as a private, voluntary organization – don’t define who’s a woman
Initially seeking acceptance and community, Langford became a member of the University of Wyoming’s Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, but encountered opposition from conservative media and local activists, leading to a federal lawsuit by six fellow sorority sisters
One sorority member said that she was called a ‘bigot and a transphobe’ for not wanting to shower and sleep with Langford in the same area

‘People were losing sleep, having panic attacks and mental breakdowns,’ said one sorority member who was not involved in the lawsuit. 

‘The student body is mocking us, the university is staying silent, and the random people from all over the U.S. are finding our socials and harassing us,’ another said. 

Langford was also subjected to abuse on campus – and not just from students.

On one occasion, a church elder, Todd Schmidt, who had no connection to the university whatsoever stuck up a sign close to the student union. 

‘God created male and female and Artemis Langford is a male,’ it read. 

Some of her sorority sisters showed support and stood in front of the sign to block people’s view.

‘It was this horrible thing happening and at the same time, it was amazing to see my sisters standing up for me when I was scared.’

Schmidt later said he did not meant to target Langford personally but had been inspired by a Bible verse. 

Artemis Langford, a transgender student on campus at the University of Wyoming in Laramie
Artemis Langford has decided to return to the University of Wyoming Housing this term, moving in at the Laramie campus instead of staying at the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority house
Langford reunites with her close friend Tanner Ewalt, a fellow student senator and political science major in the university’s ASUW senate on the University of Wyoming campus

The lawsuit alleged other details of Langford’s alleged behavior while in the sorority house including how she would sit on a couch for hours while ‘staring at them without talking,’ and had ‘been voyeuristically peeping on them while they were in intimate situations.’ 

The sisters also alleged Langford harassed the women who lived in the sorority house by silently watching some of them as they moved to and from the house showers in nothing but bath towels.

They also provided evidence from Langford’s Tinder profile that the student is ‘sexually interested in women.’

Furthermore, according to the suit, Langford has ‘repeatedly questioned the women about what vaginas look like, breast cup size, whether women were considering breast reductions and birth control.’

The women alleged Langford 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.

On one occasion Langford was reportedly supposed to leave a party by 10pm but stayed until midnight and returned the next morning where he reportedly stood in the corner watching the girls change out of their pajamas.

One of the women claimed she didn’t know her sorority sister had returned to the residence and had changed out of her pajama top without a bra on and when she turned around she found Langford staring at her, the complaint alleged.

Fellow sisters reportedly later revealed to her that Langford had ‘his hands over his genitals’ and appeared sexually aroused.

‘Since that event, Mr. Smith [Langford] has repeatedly asked [the woman] about her romantic attachments,’ the lawsuit read.

Artemis Langford visits the bench dedicated to Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student who was beaten to death in 1998
Over the summer, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority leaders decided that Artemis Langford should stay in the dorms for her safety and theirs, given the death threats and controversy attracted by her membership in the sorority
Artemis Langford with her acceptance letter to join the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority at the University of Wyoming in Laramie
Stones with offensive messages designed to hurt and insult Langford were left outside the sorority house

One young woman alleged she once saw Langford staring at her while she changed. 

‘I refuse to allow subverting my rights as a woman to cater towards the comfort of a man,’ declared one of the sorority sisters who filed the lawsuit.

The lawsuit stated: ‘An adult human male does not become a woman just because he tells others that he has a female ‘gender identity’ and behaves in what he believes to be a stereotypically female manner.’ 

‘The Fraternity Council has betrayed the central purpose and mission of Kappa Kappa Gamma by conflating the experience of being a woman with the experience of men engaging in behavior generally associated with women.’ 

But Judge Johnson found that sorority bylaws do not define who is a woman.

A federal court cannot interfere with the sorority chapter’s freedom of association by ruling against its vote to induct the transgender woman last year, Johnson ruled. 

With no definition of a woman in sorority bylaws, Johnson ruled that he could not impose the six sisters’ definition of a woman in place of the sorority’s more expansive definition that was provided in court.

The judge described some of the sorority sister’s arguments as ‘plainly inaccurate.’ 

‘With its inquiry beginning and ending there, the court will not define a ‘woman’ today,’ Johnson wrote.

‘The fact that this happened in a federal court in freaking Wyoming of all places. I can’t believe it!’ Langford said to The Washington Post. 

Langford connects with her friend Grace Harding, 21, a fellow student majoring in criminal justice in Laramie, Wyoming. Harding has provided significant support over the past months as Langford navigated a lawsuit against Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority for her membership
Langford is pictured with two of her best friends on the Wyoming campus
Langford, seen second from right, pictured with friends during a debating competition

The case at the Wyoming university drew widespread attention as transgender people continue to fight for more acceptance in schools, athletics, workplaces and elsewhere, while others push back.

Langford’s attorney, Rachel Berkness, welcomed the ruling.

‘The allegations against Ms. Langford should never have made it into a legal filing. They are nothing more than cruel rumors that mirror exactly the type of rumors used to vilify and dehumanize members of the LGBTQIA+ community for generations. And they are baseless,’ Berkness said.

An attorney for the six sorority sisters who filed the suit said they disagreed with the ruling and the fundamental issue – the definition of a woman – remains undecided.

‘A lot of friends tell me, “If I knew it was this easy to get into a sorority house, I would have put on a skirt a long time ago,”‘ a lawyer for the sorority sisters, Cassie Craven, said.

At the heart of the lawsuit was the issue of defining a ‘woman’, as the sorority sisters argued 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
Female students who are part of a sorority at the University of Wyoming spoke of their fear earlier this year that a trans woman was to be allowed to join their sorority

After receiving death threats and being sued by her own sorority sisters, Artemis Langford was nervous about returning to University of Wyoming for the fall semester. She departed before dawn from her home in Utah, hoping to avoid others during the six-hour trip to Laramie, Wyoming

‘Women have a biological reality that deserves to be protected and recognized and we will continue to fight for that right just as women suffragists for decades have been told that their bodies, opinions, and safety doesn’t matter,’ Craven stated.

‘Women for generations have benefitted from the safety, privacy, camaraderie, and common experience of single-sex organizations and housing. Future generations deserve that as well.’ 

The policy of Kappa Kappa Gamma since 2015 has been to allow the sorority’s more than 145 chapters to accept transgender women. 

The policy mirrors those of the 25 other sororities in the National Panhellenic Conference, the umbrella organization for sororities in the U.S. and Canada.

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