‘I’m Sad’: Trans Student Reacts To Being Rejected By Every Sorority On Campus

While there has been significant debate in recent years regarding whether schools should allow trans athletes to compete on teams that align with their gender identity, a similar controversy has surrounded Greek life on college campuses.

Most recently, University of Alabama student Grant Sikes documented the process of applying to the school’s nearly 20 sororities as a trans woman. The student provided an update this week confirming that “this chapter is closed” after being denied entry to each of the organizations.

“This recruitment journey is over for me,” Sikes added, noting that being dropped from the final house “doesn’t come as a surprise” after similar rejections from each of the other sororities.

Nevertheless, Sikes advocated for “a future where everyone is welcomed for just being themselves — everywhere.”

Of course, plenty of biological females clearly want a space on campus specifically for themselves just as many female athletes are opposed to allowing trans students on their teams. While Sikes received significant engagement from like-minded social media users, several comments signaled that the outpouring of support was unmerited.

As one TikTok user wrote: “Y’all better keep this same energy for all the other girls that got cut! Nothing against Grant, but there are plenty of other girls in the same spot.”

Sikes shared some emotional reactions to the news, writing: “I’m sad because I wanted to be part of a sisterhood and, more than that, a community.”

The student seemed to hold out hope that society would become even more accepting of transgender individuals and expressed a desire for the disappointment to serve as encouragement for others who are going through a period of difficulty.

“Remember that life is too short to ponder on the things lost,” Sikes wrote. “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.”

More than five years ago, a transgender student at Northwestern University was similarly denied entry into any of that school’s 12 sororities. At the time, Adam Davies said: “I believe, over time, the gender of these organizations will fade. I hope.”