Lia Thomas’ athletic achievements as a trans woman created a public debate in 2021 and 2022 concerning transgender women in sports. In March 2022, Lia became the first openly transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I National Championship in any sport. She has endured countless critiques since then, but she has refused to back down.
According to TMZ, Lia Thomas, the transgender NCAA swimming champion, is responding to critics who argue her dominance is unfair to biological women. She said that transgender athletes will not destroy women’s sports.
On “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, the University of Penn athlete broke her silence. Lia admitted that she expected to face backlash once she began competing against women, but that no amount of scrutiny would discourage her.
“I was prepared for that, but I don’t need anyone’s permission to be myself and do the sport that I love.”
Many have condemned Thomas’ involvement in women’s sports since she won the women’s 500-yard freestyle in March, including Caitlyn Jenner, Florida governor Ron DeSantis, and Joe Rogan, who termed it an “assault on women’s sports.” However, Thomas contends that this should not be the case, stating, “Transitioning to get an advantage is not something that ever factors into our decisions.”
“Trans women are not a threat to women’s sport.”
“Trans people don’t transition for athletics. We transition to be happy and authentic and our true selves.”
Despite the backlash, Thomas, who began hormone therapy in 2019, intends to compete in the Olympics in the future.
“It’s been a goal of mine to swim at Olympic trials for a very long time and I would love to see that through.”
Lia is fighting for her rights, but she is not receiving the support she needs. Let us hope she makes it to the finish. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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