Teammate of Trans Swimmer Speaks Out | National Review

Teammate of Trans Swimmer Speaks Out | National Review

The Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo, Japan, August 2021. (Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters)

A male swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania has been smashing female records after being allowed to compete as a woman. Lia Thomas, who swam for the men’s team as recently as 2019, back when he was going by Will, identified as transgender and was moved into the women’s team.

Now Thomas’s female teammate spoke to the sports website OutKick anonymously, saying, “Pretty much everyone individually has spoken to our coaches about not liking this. Our coach [Mike Schnur] just really likes winning. He’s like most coaches. I think secretly everyone just knows it’s the wrong thing to do.”

She added, “When the whole team is together, we have to be like, ‘Oh my gosh, go Lia, that’s great, you’re amazing.’ It’s very fake.”

It’s not enough to be displaced and cheated at their own sports. These young women have to endure not only the fear of punishment if they speak out but the additional humiliation of feigning enthusiasm.

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