No Boys Allowed in the Girls’ Locker Room: Why Riley Gaines’ Protest is Loving

Real love requires real action.

Former 12-time All-American University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines has faced criticism for her recent advocacy for women in sports. In March of 2022, Gaines and her fellow female athletes were faced with the unthinkable: in order to compete in the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, they would need to share the pool, accolades, and changing spaces with a biological man. In this article, I hope to show why Riley Gaines’s protest was in fact loving—to her fellow teammates, to Thomas, and ultimately to God.

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