“If you even bring up the fact that Lia’s swimming might not be fair you were immediately shut down as being called a hateful person or transphobic.”
According to a member of the women’s swim team at the University of Pennsylvania, the team was told that their concerns about transgender teammate Lia Thomas did not matter and that Lia’s presence on the team was non-negotiable.
She says various officials were brought in to talk to the team, but not to address their objections.
The clip below is from the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh, who has just created a documentary on related topics. Isn’t it telling that the student needs to remain anonymous?
From Real Clear Politics:
Swimmer: UPenn Sent Someone From LGBTQ Center To Make Us Understand Lia Thomas Swimming Is A “Non-Negotiable”
An anonymous swimmer on the women’s swim team at the University of Pennsylvania said the school made it clear to the team that Lia Thomas swimming as a woman is a “non-negotiable.” In an interview with Matt Walsh, the swimmer said UPenn sent representatives from psychological services and the school’s LGBTQ center to meet with the team and “help make that okay.”
“There’s a lot of things you couldn’t talk about that were very concerning, like a locker room situation,” the swimmer told Walsh. “If you even brought up concerns about it, you were transphobic. If you even bring up the fact that Lia’s swimming might not be fair you were immediately shut down as being called a hateful person or transphobic.”
“But there’s never any conversation? The coaches don’t sit everyone down and acknowledge what everyone is really upset about?” Walsh asked.
“Penn actually brought in people high up in the athletic department to talk to us,” the anonymous swimmer said. “They brought someone from the LGBTQ center, they brought in someone from the psychological services.”
GMA interviewed Lia Thomas today. Great timing. Our film features one of Thomas's teammates. She told me that women on her team were silenced and referred to psychological counseling if they objected to having Thomas on the team. More in the full film: https://t.co/xibkNa4oHW pic.twitter.com/YRRf2S712a
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) May 31, 2022
As that tweet mentions, Lia Thomas was just interviewed by Good Morning America. The interview was rather enlightening. Kylee Zempel writes at The Federalist:
Lia Thomas Is ‘Happy’ To Force Everyone Else To Deal With Transgender Narcissism
Transgender-identifying swimmer Lia Thomas — a man who claims to be a woman and recently dominated his NCAA female competitors — finally broke his silence with an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and here’s what he wants you to know: “I’m happy.”
Thomas was thrust into the limelight after the lackluster male swimmer took wrong-sex hormones for a year and subsequently the women’s Division I swimming title, causing quite a stir. When ABC interviewer Juju Chang asked about his competitive advantage — the question Thomas’s teammates, opponents, and critics can’t get past — Thomas shrugged it off.
“There’s a lot of factors that go into a race and how well you do, and the biggest change for me is that I’m happy,” Thomas said in an undeniably male pitch. This “happy” theme permeated the whole interview, interspersed with an air of entitlement from the swimmer.
“I also don’t need anybody’s permission to be myself and to do the sport that I love,” Thomas declared, adding later, “Trans people don’t transition for athletics. We transition to be happy and authentic and our true selves.”
No one is saying Lia Thomas can’t pursue the ability to be happy. People simply object to a biological male competing with biological females in sports.DONATE
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