You might be sick of posts about transgender University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, but this tweet is interesting because we get to hear from Lia herself … and all of the hormone therapy doesn’t seem to have affected her voice. Congrats to TODAY for acknowledging that some female swimmers and their parents don’t think it’s fair that they’re competing against a biological male who’s breaking all the records. TODAY also mentions that Thomas swam for three seasons on the men’s team but doesn’t mention her standing on that team.
Lia Thomas, a swimmer from the University of Pennsylvania, will compete to become the first Division 1 openly transgender athlete to be crowned a national champion. @ReporterBlayne reports. pic.twitter.com/LahSBHZj4w
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 17, 2022
You can tell from the smile on Blayne Alexander’s face that she’s buying into it 100 percent.
Reporter grinning like a buffoon about records possibly being shattered sums up the absurdity in a way she doesn't realize. https://t.co/YIEAjfYcUe
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) March 17, 2022
I am sorry, but this should not be allowed.
— Marty Elswick (@MartyAE10) March 17, 2022
This is so wrong.
— BoosterJenn! (@smartlady1962) March 17, 2022
This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen or heard. This is not ok.
— B. Graham (@litespeedben) March 17, 2022
Why does the Today Show not support female athletes? This is so sad to see.
— ~Kate~ (@kt_lvnv) March 17, 2022
Completely unfair for cisgender women and Lia knows it.
— Ale (@alelabril) March 17, 2022
Since it's clear that Lia has no physical advantage, why don't we just drop swimming competition by sex? Just make it open so men and women can compete equally against each other?
— JMapes (@Mapes62) March 17, 2022
As we reported just yesterday, NBC News did a story on the long history of “gender policing” female athletes, which follows up their story claiming that there’s “little scientific evidence” that biological males have an advantage in women’s sports.
Anyone who supports this type of unfair competition is straight up wrong.
Nothing to do with discrimination. Everything to do with an even playing field.
Shockingly dumb, and women need to stand up for their rights.
— Bill Broadway (@theBillBroadway) March 17, 2022
Lia is a male. Lia has a biological and physiological advantage over the female athletes. Because of Lia’s white male privilege the female athletes are being told to suck it up bc Lia’s need for validation of Lia’s gender dysphoria is more important than their right to fairness.
— Nia Educational (@NiaEducational) March 17, 2022
I will NEVER have ANY respect for @hodakotb again! Thomas being embraced as some kind of hero for forcing himself into women’s locker rooms AND stealing women’s swimming titles is INSANE! Reality MATTERS.
— Lorraine (@Lorrain67294577) March 17, 2022
This was just posted today:
Virginia Tech swimmer competing in this year’s NCAA championship details how her teammate was brought to tears after her place in the finals was taken by Lia Thomas: pic.twitter.com/mow56mVp1W
— Sav (@RapidFire_Pod) March 17, 2022
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You should probably be sitting down before you read this shocker:
Lia Thomas won an NCAA championship in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday. With her victory, Thomas, who competes for the University of Pennsylvania, became the first openly transgender woman to win an NCAA swimming title. https://t.co/eRtOM2m1UW
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 17, 2022
NBC News reports on trans swimmer Lia Thomas and the long tradition of ‘gender policing’ female athletes https://t.co/xXdrzKWOzR
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 16, 2022