A Louisiana State University student was kicked out of her sorority for posting a transphobic video about U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, to TikTok. And now she’s claiming that she’s the victim of censorship.
“It’s just them trying to censor the opposition out of existence, but it does the exact opposite, by fueling conservative voices to speak out even more, and louder,” LSU student Emily Hines told far-right website Breitbart News.
Despite Hines’s claims of censorship, the video she posted to TikTok shows her dancing in front of a picture of Dr. Levine while “More Than a Woman” by the Bee Gees plays in the background.
Hines then points at the picture of Dr. Levine and mocked her as the songs’ lyrics – “more than a woman, more than a woman to me” – were heard.
Last month, she was called into a Zoom meeting with the Alpha Phi International Fraternity Delta Tau Judiciary Board to discuss violating the sorority’s rules against “inappropriate social media content.” She was wearing an Alpha Phi sweatshirt in the video, drawing attention to her membership in the sorority.
“They asked if I was remorseful at all, and I said I regret wearing the [Alpha Phi] sweatshirt, but was not going to apologize for my beliefs,” Hines said about the meeting.
Hines claimed that she is the real victim during the meeting because the sorority’s chapter adviser just assumed that pointing at Dr. Levine and dancing while implying that she’s not really a woman – was a personal attack.
“The chapter adviser crossed a line by telling me what my own intentions were,” Hines said.
She later received an email informing her that the sorority was terminating her membership.