By Jeremiah Poff, featuring IWF’s  Our Bodies, Our Sports rally

Riley Gaines, a swimmer at the University of Kentucky who swam against transgender University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, described seeing “tears” and “discomfort” in the locker room at a Thursday rally commemorating Title IX .

The “Our Bodies Our Sports” rally was organized by the Independent Women’s Forum, in conjunction with numerous conservative organizations, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title IX and featured speeches from numerous female athletes who had been forced to compete in collegiate sports against biological males who identified as women.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Gaines said her experience swimming against Thomas motivated her to speak out.

“Being at that meet, seeing firsthand, not just in terms of height, but just jumping off the starting block, Thomas is [already] about half a length ahead, feeling how it affected everyone else, including myself, seeing the tears and seeing the discomfort in the locker room, the talk of anger and frustration was just majorly eye-opening,” Gaines said. “That’s when I kind of realized this is something I’m passionate about, and this is something I feel I should speak out about.”

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