By Valerie Richardson, featuring IWF’s Our Bodies, Our Sports rally

The Biden administration on Thursday proposed sweeping changes to Title IX on the anti-discrimination law’s 50th anniversary, seeking to fold gender identity into the definition of sex and roll back Trump-era due process protections in campus assault cases.

The administration’s proposal was unveiled amid a host of events marking the Title IX milestone.

The Independent Women’s Forum hosted an “Our Bodies, Our Sports” rally featuring more than a dozen current and former women athletes speaking out against male-to-female transgender competitors in female sports.

They included former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines, who tied with Lia Thomas for fifth place in the 200-yard freestyle at the NCAA Division I women’s championships in March.

Two days earlier, Thomas became the first male-born athlete to win a Division I women’s title by taking first in the 500 freestyle. Thomas had undergone at least a year of testosterone suppression as required under NCAA rules.

“If change is not made, it’s only the beginning of a slippery slope,” said Gaines. “It’s only a matter of time until one transgender athlete winning a national title in a woman’s sports turns into three, and then 10, and so on. Allowing male athletes to switch teams when they feel necessary is not only an infringement on female athletes, but also a mockery of Title IX.”