(RightIsRight.co) – As she breaks record after record, Lia Thomas, a 22-year-old transgender swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania, is causing tremendous controversy and anger with other swimmers, athletes, and conservatives.
The controversy surrounds a straightforward question: Is it fair for her, as a man who transitioned into a woman, to compete against other women who were born as women – not men?
As reported by the Daily Mail:
“Lia Thomas, 22, raced away from the other competitors at the Zippy Invitational Event in Akron, Ohio, on Sunday, finishing the 1,650-yard freestyle 38 seconds ahead of her teammate, Anna Sofia Kalandaze…It was the third record Thomas was able to set at the Zippy Invitational over the weekend…Her success, though, has drawn criticism from some claiming she has an unfair advantage, as those who were born male tend to have longer limbs, larger hands, and feet, along with greater upper-body strength.” [emphasis added]
Before becoming a transgender athlete, Thomas competed in the same sport for two years as a man. She then took a year off as she transitioned to a man, using testosterone-suppressing drugs. Now, she competes against women instead of men and almost always wins. Her victories are more often than not by overwhelming margins.
Because of her dominance in the sport, other athletes, parents, and conservatives across the country are questioning the equity of continuing to allow Thomas to compete as a woman.
What do you think? Please share your opinion by emailing [email protected]. Should a transgender athlete like Lia Thomas compete against women after transitioning from a man to a woman? Why or why not? Should any records that Thomas sets have an asterisk next to them denoting that she is a transgender athlete? Or, do you believe that it’s perfectly fine that Thomas is competing against women?
Woman who used to compete as a man smashes two women's swimming records and leaves rivals 'floundering'.
This is not OK. This can never be OK. Most of the population know it is utter madness. But many are simply too scared to say so out loud. https://t.co/fiOO1XcipN
— Paul Embery (@PaulEmbery) December 7, 2021
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