Riley Gaines Isn’t Happy About Sharing A Locker Room With Transgendered Lia Thomas

Kentucky Women’s Swimteam Champion Riley Gaines has voiced her opinion about sharing habitual quarters with her ‘tied’ transgendered teammate, Lia Thomas.


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. 

Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines reacts after finishing tied for fifth in the 200 freestyle finals at the NCAA swimming and diving championships March 18, 2022, at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta. (Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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.

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