Women’s sports activist Riley Gaines slammed the NCAA for allowing her to be exposed to trans swimmer Lia Thomas’ “male genitalia” in the locker room.
Gaines, a 12-time All-American and five-time SEC champion female swimmer, is calling on the NCAA to make separate locker room accommodations for trans athletes, and she is calling on the organization to protect the integrity of women’s sports.
“We were not forewarned beforehand that we would be sharing a locker room with Lia,” Gaines said in an interview with Fox News. “We did not give our consent, they did not ask for our consent, but in that locker room we turned around and there’s a 6’4″ biological man dropping his pants and watching us undress, and we were exposed to male genitalia,”
Gaines has been one of the fiercest advocates for women’s athletics since she was forced to compete against Thomas in a national swimming contest where the two tied for fifth place.
Thomas, who is a biological male, made headlines and sparked outrage last year when he won the women’s 500-yard freestyle in the NCAA Division I women’s championship.
After Thomas stole the prize from the female swimmers, the NCAA awarded him by nominating Thomas for NCAA woman of the year.
“Of course, after NCAA championships, the NCAA then nominated Thomas for NCAA Woman of the Year, so we are celebrating this movement. This is not something that happened by chance on a one-off basis,” she said per a Fox News report. “They are encouraging men to compete in women’s sports.”
Gaines also faulted the Biden administration for pushing “gender ideology propaganda” and encouraging men to take over women’s sports.
Inspired by her bold activism work, Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI) invited Gaines to attend President Biden’s State of the Union Address Tuesday.
The women’s sports activist said she feels she has to speak out for those who feel like they can’t themselves.
“People are terrified, especially speaking from my experience of talking to other NCAA swimmers specifically. Lia Thomas’s teammates even. They are told their school has made their stance for them. They are told if they feel uncomfortable seeing male genitalia in the locker room, they should seek counseling resources. They’re told they will never get into grad school if they speak out,” Gaines said, according to Fox.
Gaines added that acknowledging women deserve fair opportunities to compete doesn’t make someone a bigot.
“All of these terrible, awful things that are not true,” she said. “They are told, of course, that they will be called a bigot and hateful and transphobic, but it doesn’t make you any of those things to acknowledge that there are two sexes, you cannot change your sex and women deserve opportunities.”