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Pride in America: Riley Gaines

Pride in America: Riley Gaines

Brian Almon
June 7, 2023

Welcome to Pride in America Month. Every day in the month of June and through Independence Day, we will be highlighting a figure who has demonstrated and defended American values. Consider it a healthy alternative to the Left's June celebration that has taken over the media and corporate America.

The top athletes in America work incredibly hard. It takes single-minded dedication, thousands of hours of practice, and God-given natural talent to even make it onto a Division I college team, and even more to become the best of the best.

Riley Gaines spent her life in pursuit of being the best swimmer she could be. By the end of her high school career, she had racked up seven state titles in Tennessee, enrolling at the University of Kentucky as their second-highest-rated recruit. Once there, she dominated, setting multiple records and winning dozens of individual and team awards, including the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2022.

Things were going swimmingly until a man walked into the women’s locker room. William Thomas had been an average collegiate swimmer for the University of Pennsylvania until declaring himself to be a woman his senior year. Competing against female athletes, Thomas (now called Lia) crushed the competition, breaking several records in the process.

Thomas and Gaines tied for fifth place in the 200-yard freestyle championship, but for some reason, the organizers declared that Thomas would go home with the trophy.

Lia Thomas and Riley Gaines. Image courtesy of USA TODAY Sports

Universities made it clear that male athletes like Lia Thomas must be treated like women, and anyone who refused would be sanctioned. Many female athletes were cowed into submission, but not Riley Gaines. She bravely spoke the truth that biological men had the potential to completely destroy women’s sports.

For Riley, it was more than just words. She was invited to speak at a TP USA event at San Francisco State University earlier this year and ended up cornered by an angry pro-trans mob that hurled epithets at her, trapped her in a room, and even physically assaulted her. University officials sided with the angry mob, and no arrests were made.

Nevertheless, Riley Gaines continues to courageously speak the truth. Women are “entitled to our privacy and our safety and our fairness and our equal opportunity,” Gaines said last month. “I’m speaking for so much more than just myself.”

It seems crazy that saying “men are men and women are women” is revolutionary, but that is where our society is today. America needs more brave souls like Riley Gaines to stand up for the truth.

Do you have a great American who deserves to be celebrated this month? Let us know!

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