Georgia senate candidate Herschel Walker is making his stance clear on a controversial topic.
The former NFL star doesn’t believe transgender athletes should be able to compete in athletics. He recently dropped an advertisement where he showcased swimmer Riley Gaines who competed against transgender swimmer Lia Thomas.
Gaines complained that she was forced to compete against a “biological male.”
“I worked so hard — 4 a.m. practices to be the best — but my senior year I was forced to compete against a biological male,” Gaines says.
“That’s unfair and wrong,” Walker says.
In March, Thomas became the first transgender woman to win a national title in Division I athletics in the women’s 500-meter freestyle.
On Monday, LGBTQ rights groups called on Republican Herschel Walker to pull that ad that refers to transgender women and girls as “biological males” who should be barred from competing on women’s sports teams.
The release of the ad came just days after a deadly shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado claimed the lives of 5 people and injured at least 25 others.
“Shame on Herschel Walker — and shame on every politician using LGBTQ lives as political props,” Nadine Bridges, executive director of the nonprofit One Colorado, said Monday in a statement.
The suspect in Sunday’s shooting has been charged with murder and hate crimes.
“There’s an undeniable nexus between this kind of baseless and hateful rhetoric and the violence leveled against our community this weekend in Colorado Springs and the violence being perpetrated against marginalized communities all across this country,” Bridges said.
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