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Update on Lia Thomas

The Olympic fight

By Lena BaileyPublished 4 months ago Updated 2 months ago 3 min read

I'm going to handle this story with as much class and dignity as humanly possible. I do support trans people being included in all aspects of life but there are some things we do have to talk about.

First thing first, let's do a refresher on who this is Lia was the trans swimmer who competed their whole life in male swimming then after one or two years in college came out as trans and started to compete as a woman and winning. This had a lot of people really upset. Some felt like this was Lia's attempt at trying to place better in swimming. Which I kind of believe the more I hear about.

Also I wanted to do an update on the young woman who brought this story to the light, Riley Gaines. She has been attacked by the trans activists. The investigation has been suspended as of a week ago. All I have to say is that she told her story and expressed her concerns. You can disagree with her but attacking her is unnecessary. She could have been hurt or killed and if that is what you want than you are part of the problem.

As far as I know Riley is speaking out against trans people competing in sports. Here's my problem with the movement, the movement is focusing on trans women and not trans people as a whole. Trans men could be in danger competing against men. I don't know why this isn't being talked about.

So on to Lia Thomas and what is going on with them. Lia is still sticking to their story that they didn't transition to have an advantage but of course someone like this won't admit to it. If someone admitted to this they would be in a lot of trouble. The problem that people have with Lia is that they didn't identify as a woman until competing as a man for 3 years in college.

Another issue is the question of is this fair, Lia was quoted as saying "trans women competing in women's sports does not threaten women's sports as a whole". Let's make one thing very clear Lia was born male they went through male puberty. Lia does pose a problem to women's sports because they have an advantage. Lia also said "Trans women are a very small minority of all athletes. The NCAA rules regarding trans women competing in women's sports have been around for 10- plus years. And we haven't seen any massive wave of trans women dominating." Well maybe there wasn't any trans person in women's sport, or they weren't very good.

Now Lia is suing world aquatics to be able to compete in the Olympics. They're stating that the gender inclusion rule is not fair. The policy states male-to-female transgender athletes would only be eligible to compete in the women’s categories if they transition before the age of 12 or before they reach stage two of the puberty Tanner Stages.

World aquatics oversees aquatic competitions in swimming, water polo, diving, artistic swimming, open water swimming and high diving. World aquatics did create an open category for transgender athletes at a world cup event in Berlin in October for “all sex and gender identities.”

In my opinion World aquatics is trying to do the right thing. If someone has gone through male puberty then tries to compete against women, they do have an advantage. They are trying to make space for trans people in sports but still trying to make it fair.

There were reports that Lia was banned from college sports, but that report was fake. People sometimes post things like this to evoke a reaction. Sometimes they want the reaction to be rage or negative.

Will Lia win the lawsuit and be able to compete in the Olympics? It's hard to say. The Olympics are July 26, 2024, and with the lawsuit things may not be figured out by then. I'll keep an eye on this story. If you hear what happens leave it in the comments.

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Lena Bailey

Georgia born writer. Specializing in dating and true crime

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