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Riley Gaines Shunned by the NCAA in the Name of Transgenderism (April 12,2022)

“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression…” – Isaiah 1:17a

Riley Gaines is a swimmer for the University of Kentucky’s women’s swimming team. She recently competed in the 200-yard freestyle in the NCAA women’s swimming championship.

After a valiant effort in the race where she gave it all she had, she was flooded with emotions as she looked up and saw on the scoreboard that she had finished in fifth place. She then realized, soon thereafter, that she had tied for fifth place with a biological male, Lia Thomas.

As the NCAA gave out the trophies, they told Gaines that there was only one fifth-place trophy and that they were giving it to Thomas, and that hers would come in the mail. Furthermore, the NCAA made Gaines pose with the sixth-place trophy behind the towering six feet one-inch frame of Thomas. Bluntly put, the NCAA shunned the real fifth place women’s finisher in the name of transgenderism.

Gaines explaining her disappointment in the situation said, “The more I thought about it, the more it fired me up. It’s almost like the NCAA is trying to save face by giving Lia the fifth-place trophy. Who are we trying to protect here, and who are we trying to fight for here?” Gaines is exhibiting great courage by speaking out against the unfair reality of allowing biological males to destroy female sports. More female athletes must be vocal and speak out against this very serious threat to women’s sports.

This event highlights why it is crucial for the KY General Assembly to once more step up and put Kentucky’s female athletes ahead of the severely damaging woke ideology of transgenderism by overriding Gov. Beshear’s veto of SB 83, the Save Women’s Sports Act. This is what happens in the transgender movement, women lose!


Father, thank You, for the courage of Riley Gaines and her willingness to speak up for women. Lord, please empower other women to stand strong and publicly voice their opposition to biological men destroying their sports. Father, give the General Assembly the courage and strength to override the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 83 and protect female athletes in the Commonwealth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.