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Moms for Liberty hosts Riley Gaines for anti-trans event

Republican leaders including U.S. Rep. Dale Strong, State Rep. Susan DuBose and ALGOP Chair John Wahl attended.

Riley Gaines speaking with attendees at the 2023 Pastors Summit hosted by Turning Point Faith at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Gage Skidmore/Flickr
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Moms for Liberty hosted disgruntled women’s swimmer Riley Gaines on Saturday for an anti-transgender event at Toyota Field in Madison.

Gaines focused on preventing transgender women athletes from being allowed to compete in women’s sports, which she has turned into a career after tying for fifth place with transgender athlete Lia Thomas in 2022 behind four other cisgender women.

Several prominent Republicans were in attendance including State Rep. Susan DuBose, R-Hoover, who has turned her freshman term in the statehouse into an anti-trans agenda from banning transgender women from college sports to attacking LGBTQ children’s books to excluding transgender women from legal definitions of “woman.”

“Although Congress passed Title IX over 50 years ago to guarantee equal access to education for women, over the past several decades, bureaucrats from the Department of Education have unconstitutionally twisted the law beyond recognition,” DuBose said at the event.

Gaines assisted DuBose in writing the “What is a Woman Act” codifying the definitions of male and female sexes.

Also in attendance was ALGOP chair and Alabama Public Library Service board member John Wahl. Wahl did not speak, but has been carrying out an agenda laid out by Clean Up Alabama, a Moms for Liberty spin-off, to rid libraries of LGBTQ books for children and adults.

Emily Jones, leader of Madison County Moms for Liberty, spoke about her 9-year-old son receiving a book called “Jack Not Jackie” as part of his curriculum in Madison County Schools. The picture book tells the story of a girls who transitions to a boy.

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Allison Sinclair of 1819 News emceed the event. The far-right website has pushed the anti-transgender narrative since being founded as an arm of Alabama Policy Institute in 2021.

Jacob Holmes is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected]

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