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Transgender student rejected from every sorority at University of Alabama

‘Unfortunately this chapter is closed,’ the student wrote

None of the 19 sororities at the University of Alabama were interested in having a male student named Grant Sikes join them this year.

The student, who uses “she/her” pronouns, called the decisions “extremely upsetting” and “sad” in a TikTok video, where Sikes had been documenting the sorority application journey.

Sikes (pictured) wrote a note on Instagram:

First and foremost, I would like to thank my family, friends and everyone who has come along during this journey with me. From the thousands of messages to meeting the funniest people, I had the best time.

Unfortunately this chapter is closed. 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: Gamma Phi Beta and Kappa Alpha Theta.

I’m hopeful for 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,” Sikes wrote further.

“Move on. See the good. See the bad. Hope for the best. Brave the worst,” the student wrote in the Instagram letter.

“Sikes had generated millions of views on TikTok during Alabama Rush Week by documenting the recruitment journey,” Fox News reported. “Sikes is not the first transgender student to be rejected from Greek Life. Adam Davies was rejected from all 12 sororities at Northwestern University, according to the New York Post.”

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IMAGE: Grant Sikes/Instagram

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Matt has previously worked at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action and Turning Point USA. While in college, he wrote for The College Fix as well as his college newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University-Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He lives in northwest Indiana with his family.