A female sorority at the University of Wyoming has been the first of its kind to admit a biological male.
In the countless films from the '80s, men have been depicted as longing for an insight into the lives of Greek women. Thanks to America's burgeoning sexual preferences, now anyone who was born male could join the sorority.
According to the school's newspaper, Branding Iron, Artemis Langford committed to join Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG) in the Fall of 22. This was an extremely bold move due to the student's sex.
The pledge was successful and Artemis is officially recognized as a sister:
As reaffirmed by Vice President of Student Affairs, Kim Chestnut, Artemis Langford is the first openly transgender student to be accepted into and to participate in sorority and fraternity life at UW as of September, 2022.
Trailblazers applaud KKG's efforts to advance the cause:
“I feel so glad to be in a place that I think not only shares my values, but to be in a sisterhood of awesome women that want to make history. They want to break the glass ceiling, trailblazing you know, and I certainly feel that as their first trans member, at least in the chapter in Wyoming history.”
Kappa Kappa Gambma's 2021 guidelines remove sex in order to allow for “gender.” From the KKG Guide for Helping Our LGBTQUIA+ 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.
Oddly, Artemis dismisses identity:
“Our Greek life here on campus, and I think nationwide as well, offers so many resources and so many opportunities and I am really glad that people can partake in that and be welcomed and not afraid that they’ll be rejected. Things that shouldn’t matter, like what their identity is or what their orientation is or what the color of their skin is.”
For those who aren't a fan of biological male citizens who live the female Greek lifestyle, Artemis hopes your perspective will be changed:
“There does come a price to being a first, and it comes with people in our current political situation that are detractors that do not want that. To those detractors, I say that I understand where you’re coming from, but at the end of the day I wish that they would see me as who I am.”
Who is Artemis? Here is Artemis’ own description:
“I am Artemis Langford. I’m from Lander, Wyoming. I went to high school here. I love this state. I love this campus and community. And I just hope that they’d see me as the person I am and not the ideology that they perceive me as.”
For the sisters of the student, their personal perception won't be mentioned. As per the LGBTQUIA+ guideline, the girls aren't allowed to express any opinions based on pronouns:
Use inclusive, nongender-specific language.
In any case, “gender-specific language” is not related to biological sex. To illustrate this separation, the male population is taking huge strides within the realm of women.
At the University of Wyoming, it's a new day for collegiate students. Sororities used to only accept students who were females. However, the pathway to membership has expanded.