The Latest Twist in UPenn Transgender Swimmer Saga

In case you missed it, transgender swimmer Lia Thomas has been winning races and setting records all year for the University of Pennsylvania’s women’s team. After competing on the men’s team for three years, Thomas began hormone therapy and joined the women’s team. After ranking #462 as a male competitor, she is now the number one female swimmer in the country, holds the fastest 500-yard female freestyle in the country, and holds the all-time record for the University’s women’s team.

Her case has elevated the transgender vs biologically female in sports issue into the mainstream. The first student to speak out on Fox News remained anonymous due to fear of retribution. She said of the fact that Lia went through male puberty, “These are monumental advantages that biological males just develop through puberty, and it’s not something that a year of [hormone treatments] can suppress because they still have all the muscle mass they had from the last 20 years.”

Mere days after the swimmer’s anonymous statement, another anonymous statement was released from “members of the University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming and diving team”. It is not clear how many teammates backed the statement, which stated support for Lia’s participation. A Penn spokesperson said it represented the feelings of “several” members.

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Which brings us to the latest twist. Yet another anonymous letter has been issued claiming to represent sixteen members of the UPenn women’s swim team. This letter stated support for Lia’s decision to transition, but criticized organizations allowing her to compete in the women’s division.

It reads in part:

We fully support Lia Thomas in her decision to affirm her gender identity and to transition from a man to a woman. Lia has every right to live her life authentically. However, we also recognize that when it comes to sports competition, that the biology of sex is a separate issue from someone’s gender identity. Biologically, Lia holds an unfair advantage over competition in the women’s category, as evidenced by her rankings that have bounced from #462 as a male to #1 as a female. If she were to be eligible to compete against us, she could now break Penn, Ivy, and NCAA Women’s Swimming records; feats she could never have done as a male athlete.

1984 Olympic gold medalist swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar, now a women’s sports activist, told The Washington Post that she sent the letter on the team’s behalf. The swimmers continue to remain anonymous on both sides of the issue for fear of retribution.

It remains to be seen whether Thomas will swim at the 2022 NCAA championships in Atlanta this March, for which she has already qualified.

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Robert
Robert
11 months ago

Tranny swimmer at Penn. 16 girls complained and rightfully so, But go all the way and condemn Transexuality.

Ed D.
Ed D.
11 months ago

And there you morons go, calling this man a “she”. It is a Man, not a Woman! You people are all sick in the head! The entire swimming team and any other team that goes up against this MAN, should boycott any and all meets that they are being forced to compete against this man! But they won’t, because they would rather send anonymous letters and whine like the gutless wonders they are! This is the USA, Land of the FREE, because of the BRAVE! You people disgust me to no end!

William Petite
William Petite
11 months ago

This is just plain moronic. One is either born Male, or Female. That’s Science, also known before science, from the beginning of time, Woman without science, new whether a newborn was male or female. Marxism will claim anything to destroy the family unit. Anyone who goes along with this insanity, are just as insane.

MD Anthony
MD Anthony
11 months ago

Lia is not a she. Lia is a mentally ill man seeking notoriety through pretense.

TurtleShroom
TurtleShroom
11 months ago

Your first mistake is calling Lia Thomas a “she”. Quoting someone else is one thing, but YOU, the author, should know better.

Lia should be called Lia because HE legally changed HIS name, but HE IS STILL A MAN.

Heck, the guy doesn’t even meet the standard that transgenders set. HE LITERALLY STILL HAS HIS BALLS.

Bill
Bill
11 months ago

Cut his balls and penis off, then come back and ask me what I think.

Mario E. Porrata
Mario E. Porrata
11 months ago

There is no way to describe this aberration, except to say that the US of A is going NUTS! And we are allowing it! If we do nothing to recover our GOD given culture, through whatever means possible, we are doomed!

LeAnne
LeAnne
11 months ago

And this is what the liberal Democrats, woke media and ignorant snow flakes have brought to all America, totally making fun of God and his creation…well news flash, all this will be righted someday by God and all you woke morons will be paying your dues and facing the music..

oldefarte
oldefarte
11 months ago

Lia Thomas was a good looking young man. She still is a good looking, young man, however, she is now competing in sports as a woman. As a man, he was a relatively mediocre competitor (emphasis on “relatively” – I’m quite sure he could have kicked my butt on his/her worst day). As a woman, however, she is a world class, record setting competitor, so far superior to her competition as to be in a league of her own – which, btw, is where she should be, in a “league of her own”. I was trained in physical anthropology and what stood out was how incredibly different males and females are – we hear differently, we see differently, our blood even flows differently – and most of these differences are fully established in the womb. What isn’t established then is certainly established (more accurately, “completed”) during puberty (most if not all of which are merely “secondary sexual differences”). Any changes thereafter are purely cosmetic. They do not change one’s biological gender – and you cannot change physical realities by playing word games. That said, women have no one to blame save themselves. For decades, Feminists have claimed that there is NO difference (certainly no meaningful difference) between the genders and they have used that claim to demand that their biology be ignored if it interferes with anything they want. Now that has come back to haunt them. People are actually taking them at their word and, well, it kinda stinks. It is the “reductio ad absurdum” of their own argument and nobody likes to be shown to be absurd. The problem is that it is hard to hold that a woman can do anything a man can do (incl. handling the physical demands of being a firefighter or a Navy SEAL) and then be heard to complain that men have an “unfair” advantage when they compete against women. Mind you, they DO but why should it only count when women are the “victims” of the delusion that we are all intrinsically equal and equally capable?

Thomas Rizzo
Thomas Rizzo
11 months ago
Reply to  oldefarte

From another old farte. Couldn’t have said it any better. Women have continued to argue for equal rights in everything. But the reality is that they are not equal to males in some things. None of us are truly equal. Some are bigger/ stronger..some are smarter, some are better educated and more qualified. This is reality without regard to race. Some need to work harder because of lack of a stable family upbringing and other reasons. But it is the individual who has to continually work hard to obtain their dream. If you don’t put in the time or effort, don’t bitch about your place in the pecking order.
If you truly have the qualifications and are discriminated against, whether white, black, brown, yellow, orange, whatever regardless of culuture, then it is your job to initiate the fight to the end to get your justice. But don’t expect handouts based on any of the above, because then you are discriminating and obviously don’t have the qualifications.

oldefarte
oldefarte
11 months ago

Here’s an interesting observation – as of now, there are a total of 6 comments on this story. 5 of those are clearly from males and it’s likely that “MD Anthony” is also male. NOT a single female has publicly, identifiably weighed in on this issue. As “Ed D.” observes, it appears that the women, the group most disadvantaged by these gender identity notions, don’t even have the guts to stand up for themselves, being content, as he puts it, to send anonymous notes and surreptitiously whine. Apparently, they feel that men should step in to fix this problem, except that it’s not one we can fix. Men didn’t start this gender identity nuttiness. We are not the source of the notion that gender is purely arbitrary, that it has nothing to do with our abilities or our capacities. I got to see, firsthand, the calumny heaped on men who questioned whether a 120 lb. woman could really carry an unconscious 250 lb. man down a fireman’s ladder or that same woman could pack the same amount of LAWS rounds as her male cohort. Having lost that fight, I don’t think we men are really up to addressing would-be women swimmers. We’ll leave that to JK Rowling and the girls…

Daisydukes
Daisydukes
11 months ago
Reply to  oldefarte

I can’t say as I blame you. Men have been demasculated in American society and that was to further weaken AMERICA. The women think they know so much but you’re right, they hide behind anonymous notes. If it means that much to them they’ll have to come out in the open and stand up for it or else they can just give up any hope of winning any swimming meet in the future. Women have said they can do anything men can do so we’ll watch and see.

Anti-Socialist
Anti-Socialist
11 months ago
Reply to  Daisydukes

Bravo!

michelle
michelle
11 months ago
Reply to  oldefarte

Well here’s to you.I am a Female grandmother and would be appalled if this was happening to my grandchildren.Your DNA states what sex you are period.

Sandra James
Sandra James
11 months ago
Reply to  michelle

Well, pay attention to what is going on in public school.

Sandra James
Sandra James
11 months ago
Reply to  oldefarte

I Am a female and I weighed in on it up above, I think it is insane. I think it is insane. What is going to happen to us as a people?

I agree with your statement and woke women in competitions who have carried on about how wonderful all this gender nonsense is, deserve to lose it all when it is put into practice.

Parents need to pay attention to what is going on in schools when boys and girls are being secretly convinced by their Machiavellian teachers that they are transgender by teachers holding secret meetings to convince the child he/she is transgender and to keep it a secret from their parents. We are insane to allow this to go on.

I personally believe that public education is the worst institution in America and they have been brainwashing our children for years.

Daisydukes
Daisydukes
11 months ago

You can’t have it both ways girls. A transgender cannot live their life authentically if they are not allowed to participate accordingly. Make up your mind. If you support them then this is what you get. And isn’t it nice of them to repay you this way for your support?

R W
R W
11 months ago

Keep voting for the left and they are guaranteed to ruin everything that they touch. Start testing for testosterone levels and if they are high, disqualify then. Not sure if the therapy suppresses the existence of testosterone but if it doesn’t, that’s one way to combat it. But keep in mind, you get what you vote for. The left has been pushing these narratives and telling you how they’d change the country and you keep putting them in office.

LeAnne
LeAnne
11 months ago

Yeah, well wait til this POS stands in front of God and gives account of his life….and he surely will stand and be judged just as we all will be..Trans is a direct slap in the face of God, for we are all created and born either male or female…nothing more, nothing less ..

Alfonso Burger
Alfonso Burger
11 months ago

he was ranked over 400th in the world men rankings…he really needs some help with low self esteem.

Alfonso Burger
Alfonso Burger
11 months ago

All it would take to squelch this chit is for a woman to sue for an opportunity to play in the MF NBA.

Jawad
Jawad
11 months ago

TWO DECADES on testosterone and then a few months on estrogens, then BANG! ‘I’m a woman!’ Nope. THAT ain’t no woman. Even a child can see that. It is not shameful that those who cannot triumph as a man could stoop to competing against women?

Bill Dollar
Bill Dollar
11 months ago

WE did not like it when East Germany did it, why should we like it when we do it? Absurd logic. By the transgender logic, it should be legal for woman athletes to take Testosterone if they want to. If we have to be woke, then let the sports competitions, expand from two genders to three or four. Transgenders should compete against their peers. Women’s rights, Minority rights, all made great progress, and now it is being reversed.

CITIZEN
CITIZEN
11 months ago

With all this that a he is a she or a she can be a he, what do we in dc, is he a he or a she and is she a she or a he. Is this what is meant by transition for a better America?

mach37
mach37
11 months ago

Bruce Jenner seems to have been one of the very few who have managed to be more accepted in the transition, because we all know who he was and who he has become, AND he has accepted that as a physical male he cannot logically compete physically against females in the athletic world. The rest of the world of trans-people needs to accept the reality that they should not try, nor should they be permitted, to compete physically.

PROUDWHITE
PROUDWHITE
11 months ago

“That’s a MAN” baby!”

jonathan26
jonathan26
11 months ago

Should those hormones be classed as “performance enhancing drugs?”

Sandra James
Sandra James
11 months ago

This is insane. It will ruin women’s sports.

We have lost our minds as a people and as a nation.

With teachers convincing students they are transgender, without telling their parents, I wonder how many messed-up citizens we will have when the teachers finish.

One of the swimmers posted that Lia still has male genitalia and openly undresses in the locker room in front of the women.

Thomas Rizzo
Thomas Rizzo
11 months ago

All women participants in all women’s high school and collegiate sports should boycott until this ridiculous trans gender travesty is corrected by not only the schools involved but also the NCAA. They have no right competing against any women!! Any one that thinks allowing trans to compete against biological women is an idiot. Considering the universities and the NCAA opinions, obviously there are a lot of idiots out there. All female sports records broken by these imposters should be declared null and void and reversed.
When will some idiot trans decide he’s going to compete against women in WNBA basketball?? Oh my..oh my..I forgot he thinks he’s a she do I shouldn’t have said he. What bullshit
If there’s enough demented men who believe they’re females, then Let them demand their own sport identification categories, otherwise let them go prance around on the runway with Rue Paul and the other who love to play mommy dress up

harv
harv
11 months ago
Reply to  Thomas Rizzo

most college female athletes are on athletic scholarships and are required to compete.

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