By Kelsey Koberg, featuring IWF’s Our Bodies, Our Sports rally

Female athletes and women’s sports advocates spoke out in Washington, D.C. about Biden’s proposed changes to Title IX, on the 50th anniversary of the rule. 

The Biden administration proposed new regulations Thursday, which would sweep gender identity into the law’s protections, “strengthen[ing] protections for LGBTQIA+ students who face discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” according to the Department of Education. 

Riley Gaines, a Kentucky swimmer, who tied transgender swimmer Lia Thomas for fifth place at the NCAA championships, told Fox News Digital Biden’s new proposed rules are a “complete 180 for the worst.” 

Chelsea Mitchell, a former high school athlete who lost four state championships and two all-New England awards to biologically male competitors, said at an Our Bodies, Our Sports rally the issue is about “every young woman who dreams about competing.” 

Former presidential candidate and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said at the rally, “It is the height of hypocrisy that as we stand here today, there are those who claim to be feminists that claim to be champions for woman’s rights, who are at the very same time, simultaneously denying that we exist, denying the fact that there is a woman that is biologically distinct from a man.” 

Gabbard added that Biden’s actions “are seeking to erase the entire female sex, and reject the objective reality that there are biological and physiological differences between men and women. This is the height of disrespect, offense, and what at its core, is a hatred for women.” 

Outside the rally, which was organized on the 50th anniversary of Title IX, protesters waving transgender flags blew whistles and banged on pots and pans in an attempt to drown out the speakers.