Riley Gaines Vows To Compensate Women Athletes Who Lose Prize Money To Trans Men

Riley Gaines
  • As a former University of Kentucky swimmer, Riley Gaines knows what it’s like to lose races, awards, and prizes to men who say they are trans, and she backs women who refuse to compete against trans-identified male athletes in female divisions. Gaines has been fearless in her fight against biological males who take opportunities away from women in sports.
  • “Any woman who doesn’t compete and loses out on prize money, I will happily pay the fee out of my own pocket. In any sport,” Gaines wrote. “Stop. Playing. Their. Game.”
  • Gaines experienced firsthand competing against a biological male during the 2022 NCAA swimming championship, in which the former University of Kentucky swimmer tied for fifth place with former UPenn swimmer and biological male Lia Thomas.