“Our universities and institutions are gaslighting and emotionally blackmailing us to make us feel like the oppressors just for demanding fairness”
The women’s swim team at Roanoke College held a press conference this week and called on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to save women’s sports.
This is all about the ongoing issue of biological men competing in women’s sports.
Karen Townsend writes at Hot Air:
It is unique that the entire team came together to address the press. The team spoke about a transgender woman who joined the swim team this year after competing as a man last year. The college women demanded that the NCAA shut down the growing influx of trans women in women’s sports.
Some of the young women’s parents were there to support them.
“I never expected to be blindsided by a teammate from the men’s team who now wanted to compete against me and my fellow swimmers and shatter our records,” Roanoke swimmer Bailey Gallagher, 21, said, noting she was initially supportive of the trans swimmer’s transition.
The event was called “NCAA – Save Women’s Sports!”…
The captains of the college’s sophomore, junior, and senior swim squads said this issue has torn the team apart. The Division III team members feel abandoned by the school, their coach, and the NCAA. They have been made to feel guilty for not wanting to have a man on their team, yet their intent has not been to be mean girls. It is to stand up for their right to compete in women’s sports as it is supposed to be – women competing against women.
The New York Post has more:
The group was joined by Riley Gaines, a 12-time NCAA all-American swimmer who’s become an outspoken activist against trans women in sports, as well as Paula Scanlan, a former UPenn swimmer who said she had “nightmares for weeks” about sharing a locker room with trans female swimmer Lia Thomas.
Thomas began swimming for UPenn as a man then transitioned and joined the women’s swim team, where he became a darling of the left and an object of controversy for others.
“Our universities and institutions are gaslighting and emotionally blackmailing us to make us feel like the oppressors just for demanding fairness,” Gaines said at the press conference. “There are so many tears and so many frustrated women in sports right now and too many aren’t visible. It shouldn’t have to take bravery or courage to speak up for the fair treatment of women and girls. And if leaders can’t bring themselves to do that, we need different leaders.”
Soooooo proud to stand with @RoanokeCollege women's swim team today as they held a press conference calling for the NCAA, their university, and lawmakers to implement policies to protect women's sports!!
How many more girls have to lose out on opportunities for us to say "NO"? pic.twitter.com/h7nRig99qK
— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) October 5, 2023
You can watch the whole press conference below:
🚨 LIVE: The Roanoke College Women’s Swimming Team is calling on the NCAA to protect women’s spaces, privacy, safety, & opportunities! Hear from the brave female athletes who are speaking out for the first time in the fight to save women’s sports. https://t.co/AMIw1XujEj
— Independent Women's Forum (@IWF) October 5, 2023
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin responded.
In Virginia, we are committed to fairness in women’s sports. I stand with the Roanoke College Swimmers in their efforts to seek an even playing field. Their request is reasonable, it’s common sense. https://t.co/QDUwuL9KnW
— Governor Glenn Youngkin (@GovernorVA) October 5, 2023
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