Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas breaks silence on criticism
Swimmer Lia Thomas, who became the first openly transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I national championship earlier this year, is responding to criticism against trans women competing in sports
Trans people don't transition for athletics," Thomas said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "Good Morning America.
The former University of Pennsylvania swimmer first made national headlines in December after posting the nation's fastest times in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle at the Zippy Invitational in Akron, Ohio.Gladney was 25.
The biggest misconception, I think, is the reason I transitioned," said the 23-year-old swimmer, who began hormone therapy in May 2019
People will say, 'Oh, she just transitioned so she would have an advantage, so she could win.' I transitioned to be happy, to be true to myself," Thomas added.
he NCAA rules regarding trans women competing in women's sports have been around for 10-plus years.
Having seen such hateful attacks on trans rights through legislation, fighting for trans rights and trans equality is something that I've become much more passionate about and want to pursue," she said
Trans women competing in women's sports does not threaten women's sports as a whole," Thomas said. "Trans women are a very small minority of all athletes.
Jeremiah Donati, the athletic director at TCU, also released a statement: "Our TCU Athletics family, and especially our football program, was very devastated to learn of the passing of Jeff Gladney.