A teased-up partner of transgender swimmer Lia Thomas has alleged that the University of Pennsylvania silenced critics of the star athlete and brushed off their concerns – as she admitted that winning now “feels tainted.”
“There are so many things you couldn’t talk about, which were just as worrying, like the situation in the locker room,” claims the teammate in a clip from a new documentary set to air this week.
“If you even raised concerns about it, you were [deemed] Transphobic,” the athlete, who spoke on condition of anonymity, continues.
Conservative podcaster and writer Matt Walsh previews Snippet from an interview Tuesday It’s featured in her new documentary about gender politics, “What Is a Woman,” which premieres Wednesday night on The Daily Wire website.
In the minute-long clip shared on Twitter, Thomas’ teammates, whose face and voice have been obscured to make him unrecognizable, suggest that UPN executives strongly supported Thomas because “Lia’s performance helps the University of Pennsylvania team swim.”
“Lia clearly helps us do better” [but] The feeling of winning doesn’t feel as good now as it feels stigmatized,” the unnamed student admits in the clip.
“If you also bring up the fact that Lia’s swimming may not be fair, you are immediately barred from being called a hateful person, or transphobic.”
Walsh tweeted the teaser shortly after 22-year-old Thomas appeared on “Good Morning America” and argued that trans athletes “are not a threat to the women’s sport” — revealing that she aspired to compete in the Olympics. Is.
In his first TV interview about the controversy surrounding his record-breaking performance, the college senior said in a defiant tone: “I don’t need anyone’s permission to be myself and do the sport I love.”
Meanwhile, when Walsh asked whether UP coaches had ever openly discussed Thomas’s place in the team, the unnamed student recounted how, on one occasion, team members met with high-ranking officials from the athletic department, who Was a representative of the LGBTQ Center. And someone from psychological services.
“They said, ‘Look, we understand that there’s a range of emotions, but Lia’s swimming is a non-negotiable one. Although we can help you fix it, that’s what we’re here for,'” the teammate said. remembered.
The Post attempted to reach UPN by phone and email for comment on these claims, but there was no immediate response.
In her interview with Juju Chang of “Good Morning America”, Thomas insisted that she did not transition to high places in competitions by running against cisgender women.
“Trans people don’t make the transition to athletics,” she said. “We make the transition to being happy and authentic and being ourselves. Transitioning to an advantage is not something that goes into our decisions.”
In March, Thomas made history when she became the first trans woman to win an NCAA swimming championship with a season-best time.
Even though Thomas has adhered to NCAA and Ivy League rules since she began her transition by starting hormone replacement therapy in 2019, she has become a light stick for conservatives, claiming that she has been found to be a Has unfair advantage, has gone through puberty as a male.