A longtime official for USA Swimming has stepped down and is urging other officials to do the same, arguing that despite Thomas’s preciousness to God, the athlete enjoys an unfair advantage over female competitors.
Thomas has made headlines recently after breaking a series of records at a college swimming meet, swimming for the UPenn women’s team and competing against female athletes.
Thomas, who transitioned last year, competed for three years on the men’s team. The athlete has undergone hormone suppression and is in compliance with NCAA bylaws, as Just the News reported.
“If Lia came on my deck as a referee, I would pull the coach aside and say, ‘Lia can swim, but Lia can swim exhibition or a time trial. Lia cannot compete against those women because that’s not fair,’” USA Swimming referee Cynthia Millen wrote in her resignation letter, which was published by Swimming World magazine.
“I told my fellow officials that I can no longer participate in a sport which allows biological men to compete against women,” she explained. “Everything fair about swimming is being destroyed.”
Swimming World’s editor-in-chief John Lohn has also previously penned a column calling for Thomas to be excluded from NCAA championships, citing an unfair competitive advantage.
For opponents of Thomas’ ability to compete against women, they argue that this is about fair competition and not bigotry against the athlete and their gender identity.
In an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Millen explained that she has anything but animosity for Thomas, but views the situation from a purely physical standpoint.
“I don’t mean to be critical of Lia — whatever’s going on, Lia’s a child of God, a precious person — but bodies swim against bodies,” she explained. “That’s a male body swimming against females. And that male body can never change. That male body will always be a male body.”
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