Kentucky Women’s Swimteam Champion Riley Gaines has voiced her opinion about sharing habitual quarters with her ‘tied’ transgendered teammate, Lia Thomas.
Being the real girl in that photo and also University of Kentucky's nominee for NCAA WOTY, this is yet another slap in the face to women. First a female national title and now nominated for the pinnacle award in collegiate athletics. The @NCAA has made this award worthless. https://t.co/MRCieqbltd— Riley Gaines (@RileyGaines) July 16, 2022
Gaines Sparked National Debate On Sport Equality
Gaines, who does not believe transgender women should compete with biological women, famously tied Thomas for fifth place in the 200 Freestyle finals at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Her shady glare at Thomas became a focal point for the debate. More recently, Gaines has been interviewed by Tucker Carlson, invited to speak at CPAC, and emerged as a hero among many conservatives.
More recently though, the newly approved “gender inclusion policy” only permits swimmers who transitioned prior to the age of 12 to participate in women’s events. It’s unclear how this will affect Thomas at this point.