A former swimmer from the University of Kentucky has come forward to say that trans athlete Lia Thomas exposed his "male genitalia" to her and her teammates in the women's locker room after a meet in 2022. Riley Gaines, 23, says the women were not "forewarned beforehand" that they'd be "sharing a locker room with Lia."
The athlete informed Fox News, "We did not give our consent, they did not ask for our consent. In that locker room, we turned around, and there's a 6’4" biological man dropping his pants and watching us undress, and we were exposed to male genitalia."
Last year, another swimmer stated that Thomas' teammates raised their discomfort "multiple, different times," meaning it's possible the trans athlete is aware of these concerns. According to Kentucky Statutes 510.150, one is guilty of indecent exposure in the second degree if "he intentionally exposes his genitals under circumstances in which he knows or should know that his conduct is likely to cause affront or alarm to a person eighteen (18) years of age or older."
If Thomas is guilty of this, he could face a class B misdemeanor charge – it's highly unlikely he will, though. "Not even probably a year, two years ago, this would have been considered some form of sexual assault, voyeurism," Gaines explained. "But now, not even are they just allowing it to happen, it’s almost as if these large organizations are encouraging it to happen."
The 23-year-old is a spokesperson for the Independent Women's Forum and is requesting the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to make separate locker rooms for trans athletes. She later added, “People are terrified, especially speaking from my experience of talking to other NCAA swimmers specifically. Lia Thomas’s teammates even. They are told if they feel uncomfortable seeing male genitalia in the locker room, they should seek counseling resources. They're told they will never get into grad school if they speak out."
She continued, "They are told, of course, that they will be called a bigot and hateful and transphobic, but it doesn’t make you any of those things to acknowledge that there are two sexes, you cannot change your sex and women deserve opportunities."
Another swimmer in the past revealed that Thomas is still attracted to natural-born women. “It’s definitely awkward because Lia still has male body parts and is still attracted to women,” she told The Daily Mail, "But we were basically told that we could not ostracize Lia by not having her in the locker room and that there's nothing we can do about it, that we basically have to roll over and accept it, or we cannot use our own locker room."
The University of Pennsylvania swimmer continued, "It's really upsetting because Lia doesn't seem to care how it makes anyone else feel. The 35 of us are just supposed to accept being uncomfortable in our own space and locker room for, like, the feelings of one."
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