NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines shared messages from female athletes and parents concerned about biological men participating in women’s sports.
Gaines, who lost to self-identified transgender Leah Thomas in 2022, said she received messages from students and parents in California about biological males competing in women’s track and field.
“You’re a huge inspiration to me,” Gaines said in a message informing her that this student was ineligible for the school’s cross-country team in favor of a biological male who identified as a transgender woman. was written. “I’m a senior in high school this year, and I’ll never get another chance like this. Thank you for what you’ve done.”
“They feel helpless,” says Gaines. “How can you read this and think that what’s going on is okay?”
“This is discrimination against women and bullying at its best.”
These are just a few of the many messages I’ve received from California girls and their parents, where sports (T&F) are permeated by ordinary men. They feel helpless. How can you read these and think what’s going on? Discrimination and bullying against women at its peak. pic.twitter.com/pF8iUECtpx
— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) May 25, 2023
The student also said he had previously competed with the biological male in question during cross-country and “everything felt unfair.”
“I have absolutely no power to do anything,” she continued. “I appreciate the House of Representatives for trying to pass a bill that would change the situation,” she said.
One parent told Gaines that two biological men were stealing slots from female athletes at her daughter’s track and state high school championships.
“What can we do?” asked the parent. “This is not my daughter’s race, but I’m sure it will be next. I feel so helpless to stop this.”
“Can we fight this?” said the parent.
In 2022, Gaines faced Leah Thomas, a University of Pennsylvania (UPENN) swimmer who identified as a transgender woman.
Gaines was assaulted by transgender activists during a lecture on the rights of female athletes at San Francisco State University in April.
“Prisoners run asylum facilities at SFSU,” Gaines wrote of the incident. “I was ambushed by a man and beaten twice.”
“I knew this was a different environment,” Gaines said of the altercation in an interview on the Daily Wire’s sports podcast. Crane & Company. “I appreciated that because it meant standing in front of people who disagreed with me. … It was naive to think they would at least listen.”
“I quickly realized that they didn’t care what they said to me,” she continued, adding that the room where she spoke was half-filled with supporters and protesters. said it was. . “They were doing their autographs and there was a lot of heckling.”
The swimmer said the SFSU campus police were “horrible” and didn’t realize they were there until he was taken to a barred room.
“It was really life-threatening,” she said of the ordeal. “The police feared the use of force.”