FRC proud of teen, 'disgusted' by state of play

FRC proud of teen, 'disgusted' by state of play

FRC proud of teen, 'disgusted' by state of play

A family advocate that aims to advance a biblical worldview is giving an attagirl to a teenage swimmer.

As AFN has reported, 16-year-old Abbigail Wheeler of Illinois says she was kicked off her YMCA swim team after she and a teammate spoke out against males being allowed in their locker room.

The YMCA in Springfield has stated that Wheeler left the swim team and the YMCA on her own. But as the teen has told Fox News, that is "not true."

"I had gone to my head coach, Alex Satura, and talked to him about my concerns," she accounted. "He told me that the Y had known about this for a while, and there was nothing that they could do by Illinois state law, and that if I was uncomfortable, I could use the family locker rooms, or I could not change at the facility. So, when I voiced my concerns to my head coach and the CEO of the Y, I was basically told the same thing over and over."

She and her teammate also displayed signs with messages like "Women's Rights" and "Biological Women Only" to alert other girls about the issue. For that, she was accused of "hate speech," and her coach eventually told her he thought it was best that Wheeler did not swim with the team.

Kilgannon, Meg (FRC) Kilgannon

Meg Kilgannon, a senior fellow for education studies at the Family Research Council (FRC), says her organization is "very proud" of Wheeler and "pretty disgusted that this is the state of play right now in so many states who have swallowed the Kool-Aid when it comes to gender ideology."

"When you tell women that they're the ones that have to deal with their feelings when there's a man in the locker room, you really have just missed the entire plot," Kilgannon laments.

She says FRC gets emails and phone calls about this on a regular basis as this sort of thing is "disturbingly" happening more and more, especially in schools. Meanwhile, the Biden administration is doing everything it can to encourage schools to take what Kilgannon calls "the wrong approach" on this issue.

"It's just unbelievable that the state of play in America today is this, that it's the girl who has the problem, not the man who's in the women's locker room," she reiterates.