A champion swimmer who happens to also be a transgender woman has hit back at her critics in a podcast. Critics argue they are standing up for women’s sports by not backing trans athletes, but she argues that they are doing the opposite of feminism.
Controversy Surrounding Trans Athletes
Some people have spoken out against trans athletes, arguing that men are naturally stronger than women.
They say that even if trans women are undergoing hormone therapy, their natural advantage from being born into male bodies is just too unfair for the other women they are competing against.
A Trans Athlete Hits Back at Critics
Transgender athlete Lia Thomas passionately defended her victories against female competitors and slammed critics in a revealing podcast interview.
A Dynamic Duo
Lia Thomas, a prominent transgender athlete, teamed up with the NCAA’s first transgender swimmer Schuyler Bailar for a podcast.
An Easy Victory?
In March 2022, Lia Thomas won gold in the 500-yard freestyle with second place finishing a huge 1.75 seconds before her.
Thomas asserted that transgender women should be celebrated for their achievements, not excluded from sports, in the face of criticism.
Thomas took a stance against what she perceives as ‘fake feminists’ among her former teammates, who oppose her participation on the women’s team.
Spreading False Information?
“’They’re using the guise of feminism to sort of push transphobic beliefs,’ Thomas argues.
A Voice for Trans Athletes
Thomas hit back at those who oppose trans athletes saying they are trying to, “’police women’s bodies.”
In the podcast, Thomas expressed pride in her accomplishments as a swimmer while highlighting the challenges of being a transgender athlete.
Protecting Their Game and Feminism
Bailar argued that excluding trans athletes under the banner of “protecting women’s sports” was the opposite of feminism.
A Heartwarming Message
In one of her races, Thomas famously had the words, “Let trans kids play,” written on her arm.
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