We’ve done a couple of posts recently on University of Pennsylvania girls swim champion Lia Thomas, though the posts weren’t really about her as much as they were about her teammates, who have been speaking out anonymously about how they’ve been driven to tears watching the transgender swimmer absolutely dominate swim meets and smash existing records. A group of parents wrote to the NCAA and Penn and were told by the school that any girls upset can avail themselves of Penn’s “robust resources,” such as Counseling and Psychological Services and the LGBT Center.

But who’s looking about for poor Thomas. We don’t know what the quotation marks are for: Thomas is smashing records and dominating the season. NBC News, though, notes that some coverage of her resorts to such rhetoric as “deadnaming” and misgendering. In other words, if a story happens to mention that Thomas “was second-team All-Ivy league in 2018-19 — as a male,” that’s misgendering. That person no longer exists.

Jo Yurcaba reports:

Transgender advocates have condemned that coverage and some of the conversation about Thomas as transphobic. They said it mischaracterizes her victories to make it appear that transgender women are cheating just by being trans and implies that one trans woman winning means trans women generally are dominating women’s sports. They note that Thomas is competing within guidance issued by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Thomas has performed well at nearly every meet so far this season, but the media firestorm began after her performance at the Zippy Invitational at the University of Akron in Ohio, where she won three events and set three program, meet and pool records, along with two national records. In the 1,650-yard freestyle in particular, she was 38 seconds ahead of teammate Anna Kalandadze, who finished second. Right-wing media outlets have shared video of Thomas winning the race on social media.

We’re a right-wing outlet, and we shared that video in our previous post on Thomas. It’s pretty appalling.

Deadnaming is referring to a trans person by their pre-transition name — something NBC News is careful not to do.

NBC News makes it pretty clear which angle it’s coming from, which is in opposition to almost all of the replies.

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