Riley Gaines shared text messages she’s gotten from female athletes in California who “feel helpless” competing against trans-identifying males in their sport, track and field.
The former swimming champion — who was deprived of an NCAA award by trans-identifying male swimmer Lia Thomas — said she’s heard from girls who were beaten by a trans-identifying male runner who took first place in a female sectional Meet of Champions and is now headed to the state championships.
“Just a few of the many messages (I’ve) received from the girls + their parents in CA whose sport (Track and Field) is being infiltrated with mediocre men,” Gaines tweeted on Thursday.
“They feel helpless,” she added. “How can you read these and think what’s happening is okay? (It’s) discrimination against women and bullying at its finest.”
Just a few of the many messages Ive received from the girls + their parents in CA whose sport (T&F) is being infiltrated with mediocre men. They feel helpless. How can you read these and think what's happening is okay? Its discrimination against women and bullying at its finest. pic.twitter.com/pF8iUECtpx
— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) May 25, 2023
One message from a female athlete called Gaines a “huge inspiration” and said “I didn’t qualify for XC [Cross Country] state because a trans[identifying male] took my spot. It’s my senior year in high school I’ll never get that chance again. Thank you for what you are doing.”
Another wrote, “The same biological male who I raced in XC[Cross Country] I also raced in track. And it all just feel unfair. I have absolutely no power to do anything. But I am grateful that the House tried to pass a bill to change things.”
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One person messaged Gaines that their daughter is “getting ready to run in the CA track state high school championships” and that there were “2 [males] taking the girls spots. What can we do? It’s not my daughters race but I’m sure it’s coming next. I feel so powerless to stop this. Can we fight this?”
During a recent event at San Francisco State University, Gaines was verbally and physically assaulted by trans activists when she was on a campus to speak about the discrimination women are facing in their female sports.
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