Swimming champ Riley Gaines spent a harrowing night barricaded in a safe room Thursday after radical transgender activists swarmed her when she visited San Francisco State University to advocate for the rights of female athletes.
Gaines, a former University of Kentucky star who was deprived of an NCAA award by Lia Thomas, the University of Pennsylvania swimmer who claims to be female and competes against women, was at the school as part of a Turning Point USA event. Video on social media shows Gaines being hustled to safety by police officers as a mob of radical transgender activists follows her, shouting “Trans rights are human rights!”
“The prisoners are running the asylum at SFSU,” Gaines tweeted. “This is proof that women need sex-protected spaces. Still only further assures me I’m doing something right. When they want you silent, speak louder.”
The prisoners are running the asylum at SFSU…I was ambushed and physically hit twice by a man. This is proof that women need sex-protected spaces.
Still only further assures me I'm doing something right. When they want you silent, speak louder. 🗣️ pic.twitter.com/uJW3x9RERf
— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) April 7, 2023
Gaines had begun her speech on protecting female athletes from unfair competition when protesters burst into the room where she was speaking. As she was being escorted to safety, she was physically assaulted, she said.
“I’m OK currently, but an hour and a half later, I’m still barricaded in a room with ambushers on the outside yelling and threatening violence,” Gaines said. “As police escorted me out of the event space to my current location, I was hit, physically, twice by what I presume was a male individual. This only assures me I’m doing the right thing.”
It was unclear how long Gaines was barricaded in the room, but the event began at 7 p.m. local time, and at midnight, police were still dispersing the protesters.
— @amuse (@amuse) April 7, 2023
Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk blasted the protesters behind the ugly incident.
“This is unacceptable at an American college campus, even in San Francisco,” Kirk tweeted. “Pray for Riley Gaines and for our brave students at SFSU.”
Gaines’s agent, Eli Bremer, said Gaines will not back down from the mob.
“Instead of a thoughtful discussion tonight at SFSU, Riley was violently accosted, shouted at, physically assaulted, and barricaded in a room by protestors. It is stunning that in America in 2023, it is acceptable for biological male students to violently assault a woman for standing up for women’s rights,” Bremer said in a statement. “This will not stop Riley from boldly educating people of the dangers of biological males in women’s sports. She will continue to speak the truth against the radical left that no longer understands the difference between men and women.”
Gaines, an All-American at the University of Kentucky and a five-time Southeastern Conference champion, tied Thomas at last year’s NCAA championships.