According to student posts on social media, a transgender woman was turned down by every sorority at the University of Alabama during the student recruitment process.
Grant Sikes said on Instagram that she was turned down by every sorority on college. On-campus chapters number close to 20.
“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.”
“I’m hopeful of a future where everyone is welcomed for just being themselves – everywhere,” Sikes continued. “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.”
In a TikTok, Sikes also expressed her sadness, saying, “I’m upset because I wanted to be part of a sisterhood and, more than that, a community.”
During Alabama Rush Week, Sikes’ TikTok videos of the recruitment process amassed millions of views.
Sikes is not the first transgender student to have their application for Greek Life denied. At Northwestern University in 2017, Adam Davies was turned down by all 12 sororities.