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Critics React to Lia Thomas's Latest Attack Against Women Who Demand Fairness in Sports

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"Lia" Thomas, the transgender former University of Pennsylvania swimmer, criticized women who oppose the participation of transgender athletes in women’s sports, claiming they’re fake feminists who hold transphobic beliefs.

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Speaking to Schuyler Bailar, another trans swimmer, on the podcast “Dear Schuyler,” the NCAA gold medalist denounced his teammates for writing a letter asking the division to prohibit him from competing. 

“They’re like, ‘Oh, we respect Lia, as a woman, as a trans woman or whatever, we respect her identity, we just don’t think it’s fair.’ You can’t really have that sort of half-support where you’re like, ‘Oh, I respect her as a woman here, but not here,'” Thomas said on Monday. 

“They’re using the guise of feminism to sort of push transphobic beliefs,” Thomas continued. “I think a lot of people in that camp sort of carry an implicit bias against trans people, but don’t want to, I guess, fully manifest or speak that out. And so they try to just play it off as this sort of half-support. You can't do that, you can't sort of break down me as a person into little pieces.”

Bailar agreed.

“They're coming from...this whole protect ‘protect women's sports,’ [which] has become a very big movement and that they do it under the guise of feminism. ‘Oh, we're just feminists, we're just fighting for women,’ and whenever anybody says that I'm always [like]: 'Okay, you're fighting for women by excluding women so that's not fighting for women.'”

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The comments come as the Biden administration is proposing a change to Title IX in a move critics say would "destroy women's sports."

House Republicans have defended women, voting recently to ban transgender athletes from competing in women's sports. 


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