Riley Gaines, a well-known figure in the swimming world and a former University of Kentucky standout, was forced to seek shelter after a group of violent transgender activists swarmed her during a recent visit to San Francisco State University.
Gaines was at the university to raise awareness about the rights of female athletes as part of a Turning Point USA event. The gathering was abruptly interrupted by a group of protesters, who burst into the room, overwhelming the small gathering of attendees.
Video footage that has been circulating on social media shows Gaines being constantly pursued by a mob of radical transgender activists who were shouting, “Trans rights are human rights!” Gaines had just started her speech about protecting female athletes from unfair competition when the protesters barged into the room. She had to be escorted by the police to safety after being physically assaulted.
Following the ordeal, Gaines took to Twitter to express her thoughts. “The prisoners are running the asylum at SFSU. This is proof that women need sex-protected spaces. Still only further assures me I’m doing something right. When they want you silent, speak louder,” she said.
The prisoners are running the asylum at SFSU…I was ambushed and physically hit twice by a man. This is proof that women need sex-protected spaces.
Still only further assures me I'm doing something right. When they want you silent, speak louder. 🗣️ pic.twitter.com/uJW3x9RERf
— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) April 7, 2023
Her agent, Eli Bremer, released a statement on the incident, saying, “Riley was violently accosted, shouted at, physically assaulted, and barricaded in a room by protestors. It is stunning that in America in 2023, it is acceptable for biological male students to violently assault a woman for standing up for women’s rights.”
Despite the traumatic experience, Gaines remains undeterred in continuing her efforts to raise awareness about the need to protect female athletes from unfair competition. “This will not stop Riley from boldly educating people of the dangers of biological males in women’s sports. She will continue to speak the truth against the radical left that no longer understands the difference between men and women,” says Bremer.
— @amuse (@amuse) April 7, 2023
Turning Point USA, the organization behind the event, condemned the actions taken by the protesters. Founder Charlie Kirk tweeted, “This is unacceptable at an American college campus, even in San Francisco. Pray for Riley Gaines and for our brave students at SFSU.”
As of now, it remains unclear if any arrests have been made in connection with the incident.