Transgender chaos: 'Anything she can do, he can do better' - especially swimming

Kurt Mahlburg
March 23, 2022
Reproduced with Permission

Twitter has been abuzz this week with talk of Lia Thomas and Rachel Levine, two transgender women - i.e. biological men - who are schooling women on how to be female. The Big Tech platform has also been busy locking out critics of this proposition.

Lia, formerly William , Thomas, is a swimmer for the University of Pennsylvania who won the 500-yard freestyle national championship over a field of female athletes in Atlanta this month. Formerly ranking at number 462 in the men's event, Thomas beat two Tokyo silver medalists to take home top spot at last week's final.

While Thomas has enjoyed the support of many on the UPenn swim team since identifying as a female in 2019, not everyone in the swimming fraternity is pleased with the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) new rules for transgender athletes.

One teammate who spoke to the Daily Mail said that she and other female athletes feel uncomfortable sharing a locker room with Thomas. "It's definitely awkward because Lia still has male body parts and is still attracted to women," the teammate said .

The article, whose mind-bending headline revealed that the controversial swimmer "doesn't always cover up her male genitals when changing" (emphasis added), was not hopeful about the situation for Thomas' teammates. The interviewee explained that, having spoken with the team coach, "We were basically told that we could not ostracise Lia by not having her in the locker room and that there's nothing we can do about it."

It is perhaps not surprising that this teammate opted for anonymity when speaking to the British tabloid. Reka Gyorgy, a Virginia Tech swimmer who just missed out on a finals place, has reportedly been suspended by Twitter for offering her honest assessment of the situation.

"My finals spot was stolen by Lia Thomas, who is a biological male. Until we all refuse to compete nothing will change," Gyorgy tweeted, shortly before her account was locked.

In a follow-up letter, Gyorgy acknowledged the hard work put in by Thomas to make it to the finals, but nevertheless took issue with NCAA's rules, concluding that "every event that transgender athletes competed in was one spot taken away from biological females throughout the meet."

It should be noted that in the days since, several media outlets have raised the possibility that the original Gyorgy tweet came from a fake account.

Even if that is the case, it wouldn't be out of character for Twitter to block accounts criticising transgender ideology. Just yesterday, satirical news site The B