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Riley Gaines came for a trans activist for using a public restroom. It didn’t end well for her.

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Anti-trans activist Riley Gaines hurled insults at trans journalist Erin Reed on Thursday after Reed posted on X about challenging Utah’s draconian bathroom law.

The law makes it a criminal offense for people to use a bathroom in a public building that doesn’t correspond with the gender on their birth certificate. Reed, who tracks anti-trans legislation nationwide, previously wrote about how the law raises the prospect of people forced to “potentially undergo a genital examination if under criminal investigation for being in the bathroom.”

Under the law, people accused of having used the “wrong” bathroom in public spaces, from colleges to Salt Lake City’s airport, could be sent to jail for up to six months. 

This didn’t stop Reed from marching right into a public bathroom on a trip to Utah.

“First thing I did was use the bathroom after landing in Salt Lake City, Utah,” Reed wrote on Wednesday. “Anti-trans laws are not going to enforce themselves, and unjust laws do not deserve compliance.”

The following day, Gaines replied to Reed’s post with a slew of insults that also involved misgendering her.

“Thanks for proving you’re still the same dominant, assertive, forceful man you always have been and always will be lol,” Gaines wrote.

Gaines has built an entire career as an anti-trans pundit around the fact that she once tied for fifth place in an NCAA swimming match with a trans woman. She has since devoted her life to crusading against the rights of trans athletes.

Reed, however, did not take the insults lying down.

“Want to guess how many people cared, Riley?” Reed replied. “It’s been months in Florida and they can’t find anyone who cares enough to report a trans person using the bathroom. You need the laws because the people literally reject your ideology.”

Reed was referring to a similar law in Florida that took effect last July and forces trans people to use facilities associated with their sex assigned at birth.

Several of Reed’s followers replied in agreement that they have been able to easily use the bathrooms in which they feel most comfortable, furthering her argument that every day people are far less concerned with where trans people pee than politicians make it seem.

Others simply mocked Gaines for her ideology, hypocrisy, and for her overblown response to tying for fifth place with a trans woman.

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