The sororities stood strong and unanimously rejected Grant Sikes despite growing social pressures to affirm transgendered students, reported the Daily Wire. The sororities remained strong even after Sikes managed to garner millions of views for his videos.
“Unfortunately, this chapter is closed,” Sikes said via an Instagram letter.
“This recruitment journey is over for me. Being dropped from my last house this morning during primary recruitment at the University of Alabama doesn’t come as a surprise considering out of the almost 20 chapters – I was dropped by every single one except 2 before day 1.”
Based on his statement, it seems the rejections came quickly.
Sororities have faced backlash in the past for refusing memberships to male students suffering from gender dysphoria.
In 2019, the Zeta Phi Beta sorority announced that only biological women could join its ranks. The organization was severely criticized, prompting it to change its policy just two weeks later.
In 2016, Alpha Omicron Pi’s Tufts University branch offered membership to a male student identifying as female. However, the national office was hesitant to approve the membership.
They agreed after Cosmopolitan Magazine accused the sorority of being transphobic. Their policy now accepts “female identifying” students rather than “women.”
However, the response to the decision of UA’s sororities hasn’t been entirely negative. Sports commentator and OutKick founder Clay Travis commented with “Roll Tide.”
“Good for them for standing up to this absurdity. Good for the women at the University of Alabama for the people who are advising them; for them being willing to stand up, to be called ‘transphobic’ or whatever you want to say.
“I can’t believe I have to say this: Men should not be able to be members of Alabama sororities.”
College-level organizations have been pressured to be more welcoming to transgender students, especially in sports. This trend continues despite the fact that a majority of Americans oppose allowing biological men to compete against female athletes.
Female athletes frequently oppose it as well, although they usually speak under anonymity to avoid being vilified by their school or the press.