‘Women are now third-class citizens’: Trans swimmer’s UPenn teammate speaks out

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A University of Pennsylvania swimmer, teammate to swimmer Lia Thomas, a biological male who identifies as transgender and competes—and dominates—in women’s college swimming, said that “women are now third-class citizens.”

Speaking on condition of anonymity to the Washington Examiner, the swimmer said that the qualities Thomas retained as a biological male gives Thomas a distinct advantage over women competitors. Thomas is 6’3″ and only transitioned after swimming for the UPenn men’s team for three years.

“Women are now third-class citizens,” she said. Male athletics come first, then trans athletes, and women come in third, overshadowed by men, then by trans-identified biological males.

“Lia was not even close to being competitive as a man in the 50 and the 100 (freestyle events),” the teammate said, “But just because Lia is biologically a man, [Lia] is just naturally better than many females in the 50 and 100 or anything that [Lia] wasn’t good at as a man.”

Thomas won two more races on Saturday in a meet against Harvard in the the women’s 100 and 200 meter freestyle races, easily beating the female competition in both cases.

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