Riley Gaines announces lawsuit against NCAA over transgender policies

The lawsuit was filed at a court in Georgia and alleges the NCAA violated their Title IX rights.

Published: March 14, 2024 10:32pm

Former college swimmer Riley Gaines and 15 other college athletes on Thursday announced a lawsuit against the NCAA over its transgender policies. 

"I'm suing the NCAA along with 15 other collegiate athletes who have lost out on titles, records, & roster spots to men posing as women," Gaines wrote on the social media platform, X. "The NCAA continues to explicitly violate the federal civil rights law of Title IX. About time someone did something about it."

The lawsuit was filed at federal court in Georgia and alleges the NCAA violated their Title IX rights by allowing transgender swimmer Lia Thomas to compete in a 2022 race, according to the Associated Press.

Other plaintiffs include volleyball and track athletes.

The lawsuit states the athletes “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 Associated Press reports. 

Gaines has been one of the most vocal of athletes advocating against biological males competing in women's sports after she raced against transgender swimmer Lia Thomas.  

The University of Georgia system is also listed in the lawsuit since one of its schools hosting the 2022 race where Thomas raced. 

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