Riley Gaines accuses Megan Rapinoe of ‘virtue signaling’ over Women’s Sports Act
Athlete Ally opposes Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act
[Credits: Independent Women's Forum]
Riley Gaines, a former NCAA swimmer from Kentucky, has charged Megan Rapinoe with “virtue signalling” in the continuing debate over the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act. Gaines reacted to a tweet from Rapinoe criticising the legislation, claiming that it would prevent trans and intersex people from participating in sports.
Gaines claims that Rapinoe’s opposition to the law was only an act of virtue signalling as she has already retired from athletics and is engaged to Sue Bird, so she has nothing to lose.
The continued discussion around transgender and intersex athletes’ participation in sports shows that the issue is still up for debate. The protection and inclusivity of all athletes, regardless of their gender identification, must be a major focus in these conversations, it is imperative to remember.
Riley Gaines slams Megan Rapinoe and other athletes’ opposition to Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act
Following the removal of Riley Gaines‘ comments, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act has become a contentious issue. Rep. Greg Steube’s proposed amendment to Title IX would only recognise a person’s sex based on their reproductive biology and DNA at birth.
Rapinoe and 38 other athletes who signed a Athlete Ally letter to House lawmakers in opposition to the bill contend that it would prevent women and girls from receiving “benefits for their mental and physical health” and would also make it more difficult for transgender and intersex kids to play sports.
The letter urged decision-makers to give top priority to problems that women athletes have long fought for, including equal pay, ending abuse and maltreatment, and ensuring that girls of colour and those with disabilities have access to the same opportunities as other girls.
The Biden administration’s planned rule to avoid outright exclusions of transgender athletes has drawn flak. The ruling makes it clear that blanket bans would violate Title IX and that if rules are intended to ensure fairness or prevent sports-related injury, they must bar transgender athletes from playing on highly competitive teams.
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