Dozens of Female Athletes Sue NCAA Over Transgender Participation?!

( – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is being sued by a dozen female athletes over its transgender participation policy.

The group of females says that this participation policy goes against their rights under Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on sex at any institute that receives federal funding. This comes not long after the ruling which allows transgender athletes to compete in the gender category of their affirmed gender. The NCAA said that this particular ruling helps to “preserve opportunity for transgender student-athletes while balancing fairness, inclusion, and safety for all who compete.”

Sixteen female athletes filed the lawsuit saying that they “bring this case to secure for future generations of women the promise of Title IX that is being denied them and other college women.”

“The NCAA’s most basic job is to protect the fairness and the safety of its athletes, and it has failed on that simple task,” Kaitlynn Wheeler, a former University of Kentucky swimmer said.

The lawsuit highlights one specific incident with a Kentucky swimmer named Riley Gaines and Lia Thomas. They had tied for fifth place in a competition, however, when it came to standing at the podium, only Thomas was able to hold the trophy. Thomas was a transgender female who had previously competed in the male competition the year prior.

According to the lawsuit filed by the female athletes, “The secret of Thomas’ meteoric ascendance and dominance in NCAA women’s swimming was retained male advantage.”

The group’s lead attorney spoke up saying that the group just wants a fair competition from the start and that’s the goal of the lawsuit.

The NCAA said that it wouldn’t be commenting on an ongoing trial but that it would continue to push Title XI and they would ensure fair competition in NCAA championships.

After the lawsuit was publicized, Thomas spoke out saying that the athletic achievements had nothing to do with their transition. Thomas ended her speech by saying that she knew backlash could come but that she doesn’t need ”permission to be herself.”

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