University of Arkansas
PLAINTIFF: Ainsley Erzen is a plaintiff is a lawsuit against the NCAA.

Ainsley Erzen, a University of Arkansas soccer player and track athlete, is one of 16 plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed today over the NCAA’s policies regarding the participation of transgender athletes in women’s sports. 

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Georgia, alleges that the NCAA has “imposed a radical anti-woman agenda on college sports.” It argues that the NCAA’s testosterone threshold for transgender females – less than 288.18 nanograms of testosterone per deciliter of blood for most women’s sports – is higher than biological females can achieve without doping. Most sources put the normal level of free testosterone for adult biological females at roughly 15 to 70 ng/dL.

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Today’s lawsuit says that the NCAA’s testosterone rationale is wrong as a matter of scientific fact and as a matter of law under Title IX. It argues that males can’t be permitted under the law to “take females’ places in women’s sports merely if males are willing to suppress their testosterone level.”

The complaint is heavy on Republican buzzwords, too, claiming for instance that the NCAA has “aligned with the most radical elements of the so-called diversity, equity, and inclusion agenda on college campuses.”

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Erzen, who is from Des Moines, Iowa, is listed as a plaintiff alongside Riley Gaines, a former University of Kentucky swimmer who has gained nationwide attention for her outspoken views against transgender participation in women’s athletics after she tied for fifth place with transgender swimmer Lia Thomas in the 2022 200-yard NCAA freestyle championship. Gaines has written opinion pieces for Fox news and testified before Congress against transgender athletes participating in women’s sports. 

In June, Arkansas Gov. Sarah Sanders made a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, in support of Gaines: 

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Arkansas was a hotbed of anti-trans rhetoric aimed at athletes long before Erzen signed on to the current lawsuit against the NCAA. State lawmakers passed legislation barring transgender girl athletes from competing on girls’ sports teams in 2021, making Arkansas only the second state to do so.

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