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Riley Gaines Sues NCAA for Favoring Transgender Athletes

Female athletes across the country are demanding NCAA revoke unjust awards given to transgender athletes in female competitions.

In a bold stand for fairness and the sanctity of women’s sports, Riley Gaines and fifteen other courageous female athletes from across the nation took a monumental step forward. They filed a lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), charging it with a blatant disregard for their Title IX rights. This legal battle, set against the backdrop of today’s heated cultural wars, accuses the NCAA of eroding the integrity of women’s sports by allowing biological males to compete in female categories and to invade locker rooms designated for women.

This lawsuit, lodged on March 14 in the U.S. District Court in Atlanta is a demand for action. These athletes are fighting to ensure that biological males are barred from competing against female athletes, a stance that goes to the heart of what fair competition should embody. Furthermore, they’re calling on the NCAA to revoke any titles or awards that have been unjustly handed to transgender athletes in female competitions, insisting these accolades be rightfully awarded to the female athletes they were taken from.

Among these determined women stands Riley Gaines, a name that resonates with anyone following the controversy surrounding women’s sports. The former University of Kentucky swimmer, who found herself tied for fifth place with transgender swimmer Lia Thomas at the 200-yard NCAA freestyle championship in 2022, has become a symbol of the struggle facing female athletes today. Gaines, alongside eight other swimmers, accuses the NCAA of “destroying female safe spaces,” a phrase that encapsulates the violation felt by many as transgender athletes gain access to women’s locker rooms without consent. 

Adding to the complexity and sensitivity of this lawsuit, four other female athletes have joined the cause under pseudonyms, a testament to the fear of reprisal in today’s charged atmosphere. These brave souls represent a cross-section of sports—swimming, track, and volleyball—each one standing up not just for themselves but for female athletes everywhere who yearn for a level playing field.

This lawsuit against the NCAA highlights a critical crossroads in American sports and culture. It’s a clarion call for preserving the integrity of women’s sports and safeguarding the privacy and rights of female athletes. It’s about ensuring that the hard-fought gains women have made are not eroded by a misguided application of inclusivity that ignores the realities of biological differences and competitive fairness.

The action taken by these sixteen athletes is a reminder that the principles of fairness, privacy, and respect for women’s achievements should not be cast aside in the name of progressivism gone awry. As this lawsuit unfolds, it’s a critical moment for the NCAA to reflect on its policies and for society to consider what kind of future we want for women’s sports.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.