A former University of Kentucky swimmer claims transgender swimmer Lia Thomas ‘dropped her pants’ and exposed ‘male genitalia’ in the women’s locker room at a meet last year.
Riley Gaines, 23, claimed female swimmers were not ‘forewarned beforehand that we would be sharing a locker room with Lia.’
‘We did not give our consent, they did not ask for our consent,’ Gaines told Fox News’ America Reports. ‘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.’
Thomas, a former University of Pennsylvania swimmer, has begun hormonal treatments, but has not received gender reassignment surgery.
Gaines – who has delayed dental school to continue fighting for biological female athletes – is now asking the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to create separate locker rooms for transgender athletes.
‘Not even probably a year, two years ago, this would have been considered some form of sexual assault, voyeurism. But now not even are they just allowing it to happen, it’s almost as if these large organizations are encouraging it to happen,’ Gaines said.
‘That to me was worse than the competition piece.’
Gaines, who is a spokesperson for the Independent Women’s Forum, said the NCAA failed to protect women and their sports and that they have celebrated transgender athletes.
‘The NCAA then nominated Thomas for NCAA Woman of the Year, so we [they] are celebrating this movement,’ she told America Reports. ‘This is not something that happened by chance on a one-off basis. They are encouraging [biological] men to compete in women’s sports.’
Gaines, a 12-time All-American athlete, also attended the State of the Union this week as Michigan Republican Representative Lisa McClain’s guest. The young athlete, who graduated in 2022, said the White House has only promoted ‘gender ideology propaganda’ by allowing transgender athletes to compete against biological women.
‘People are terrified, especially speaking from my experience of talking to other NCAA swimmers specifically. Lia Thomas’s teammates even,’ the Kentucky athlete said. ‘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.
‘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.’