Commonwealth Policy Center

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing on LGBTQ rights. Sen. Dick Durbin opened by lamenting the “divisive and hateful rhetoric” of many conservatives. But former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines pushed back against this narrative. Gaines shared her experience of having to compete against a biological male swimmer, Lia Thomas. She also shared how Thomas was allowed to enter the female locker room. Gaines said, “No one asked for our consent, and we did not give our consent.” Gaines has been harassed and verbally accosted, which isn’t being covered by mainstream news media outlets. Balanced reporting is in dire need. But so is the need to respect Gaine’s views as she works for the privacy and safety of female athletes.