On Wednesday, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) hosted female athletes to discuss their experiences facing off with transgender individuals in their sports. A notable member of the group was Riley Gaines who has garnered fame by advocating for the protection of women’s sports after being defeated by UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas, a man who competed in women’s swimming.
“Today, on Girls & Women in Sports Day, I listened to female athletes tell their stories of unfair competition, and I commit to them and to you—I will always stand up for a level playing field for women in sports,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter.
“Not only were we being forced to compete against biological men, change in a locker room with biological men who, keep in mind, were fully intact with male genitalia, it was at this point I realized we as female athletes were being sidelined to men and reduced to a photo op,” Gaines said about her experience, adding, “which of course makes a mockery of everything I’ve dedicated my life to.”
“No one has asked us how we felt. We exist to validate a male’s identity. But the Ivy League, Lia Thomas’ teammates actually, when they were concerned about the locker room situation and they sent an email to the Ivy League and NCAA, their response was ‘here are some counseling resources you should seek if you feel comfortable seeing male genitalia in the locker room,’ she said, adding, “And then they were referred to the LGBTQ education center to educate themselves about the pressure these athletes were dealing with. So no one within the NCAA is willing to acknowledge us, our feelings, our safety, our privacy.”
“I feel like it’s really only happened in the past couple weeks where I’m— get emotional talking about the locker room scene because it is just so wild that you can turn around and see a 6’4 biological man pull his pants down watching you undress, and no one is willing to stick up for you?” she explained. “I’ve done a good job of not getting emotional, but I see what all is on the line. … I am fortunate, or hopeful, one day that I’ll be able to have little daughters, and I do not ever want to have to imagine them in a situation where they’re faced with that.”
The event came simultaneously as Representative Greg Steube (R-FL) reintroduced a bill, titled the “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act,” which would allow “women and girls a fair playing field by ensuring that school athletics comply with the intent of Title IX to protect individuals from sex discrimination based on the person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth,” as reported by Breitbart.
“This bill ensures that biological females compete against other biological females in women’s sports sponsored by entities receiving federal education funding,” according to a press release.
Representative Virginia Foxx, the chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and original cosponsor of Steube’s bill, stated that she refused to sacrifice the safety of girls to appease transgenderism.
“I refuse to sacrifice the safety of girls and women on the field and in the locker room to the woke Left,” Foxx said in a press release. “The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023 will restore the safety, privacy, and opportunities of women and girls in sports. Our nation passed Title IX 50 years ago to give women equal access to education and athletic opportunities. This revolutionized women’s sports. Moving backward is not an option. We must honor the original intent of Title IX.”
With transgender individuals becoming more prominent in the younger generations, the protection of girls who wish to compete on an even playing field is essential. This is just one battleground in the fight against the transgender movement, but it is an important one. It looks like progress, thanks to athletes willing to speak out like Riley Gaines, is on the horizon.
This video speaks for itself.‼️When female athletes questioned having to share a locker room with a biological male, they were gaslit into thinking they should seek counseling.@Riley_Gaines_ shares an emotional testimony on Capitol Hill on National Girls & Women in Sports Day. pic.twitter.com/Rhs97Fu8qy
— Independent Women’s Forum (@IWF) February 1, 2023
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