A transgender woman was rejected by every sorority at the University of Alabama during student recruitment, the New York Post reported, citing social media posts from the student in question.
What are the details?
Grant Sikes earlier this week wrote on Instagram about being passed over by each of the college’s nearly 20 sororities.
“Unfortunately, this chapter is closed. This recruitment journey is over for me,” Sikes wrote. “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.”
Sikes added, “I’m hopeful of a future where everyone is welcomed for just being themselves — everywhere. If you are going through a hard time today, remember that life is too short to ponder on the things lost. Choose happiness & always look for the positive things throughout life. Move on. See the good. See the bad. Hope for the best. Brave the worst.”
Sikes received nearly 36,000 likes for the Instagram post as of Wednesday morning.
In a TikTok video, Sikes called the unanimous rejection “extremely upsetting” and added that “I’m sad because I wanted to be a part of a sisterhood and, more than that, a community.”
The TikTok video got a decidedly bigger reaction, garnering nearly 190,000 likes and more than 6,300 comments since it was posted earlier this week.
In fact, Sikes’ TikTok videos documenting the recruitment journey got millions of views during Alabama Rush Week, the Post said.
The paper added that Sikes isn’t the first transgender student rejected from a Greek Life organization, noting that Adam Davies was rejected by all 12 sororities at Northwestern University in 2017.
Commenters on Sikes’ above TikTok video offered a variety of reactions:
‘I’M PACKING MY BAGS & HEADING TO ALABAMA,” one commenter wrote. “I’m ready to riot.””Can I say genuinely as a queer person [who] went through Greek life, it’s is extremely homophobic and not a safe space,” another commenter wrote. “You deserve better!!!””Y’all better keep this same energy for all the other girls that got cut!” another commenter told fellow commenters. “Nothing against Grant, but there are plenty of other girls in the same spot.”