The teammate of transgender University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas came forward exposing how the school attempted to quiet and intimidate members of the team for speaking out against their biologically man peer.
In an interview filmed regarding Daily Wire correspondent He Walsh’s documentary, “ What Is A Woman? ” an anonymous teammate of Thomas’ described how females on the team were scared to broach the issue.
GMA evaluated Lia Thomas today. Great timing. Our film features one of Thomas’s teammates. The lady told me that women on her group were silenced and referred to psychological counseling if they objected to having Thomas on the team. More in the full movie: https://t.co/xibkNa4oHW picture. twitter. com/YRRf2S712a
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) Might 31, 2022
“ Lia obviously assists us do better, right? Lia’s swimming really fast. Lia’s performance helps the University or college of Pennsylvania swim group, ” the female swimmer disguised by a silhouette told Walsh. “ The feeling of winning doesn’t feel as good any more because it feels tainted. ”
The disgruntled swimmer told Walsh teammates were discouraged from discussing the issue lest they end up being labeled transphobic.
“ There was a lot of things we couldn’t talk about that was regarding, like the locker room circumstance, if you even brought up problems about it you were transphobic, ” she said.
One such locker room occurrence was reported by the Everyday Mail earlier this year, with an anonymous teammate describing being freaked out by Thomas “ because Lia still offers male body parts and is nevertheless attracted to women. ”
“ While Lia covers herself with a soft towel sometimes, there’s a decent amount of nudity, the swimmer said. She and others have experienced a glimpse at the girl private parts, ” the particular Mail reported .
“ She stated that team members have raised their anxiety about the coach, trying to get Jones ousted from the female locker room, but got nowhere fast. ”
The anonymous swimmer additionally informed Walsh teammates were furthermore afraid to express worries about fairness.
“ If you even bring up the truth that Lia’s swimming might not be fair, you’re immediately shut down and called a hateful person, or transphobic, ” she said.
Asked if coaches actually adequately addressed female swimmers’ concerns, the anonymous teammate said the university instead brought in various departmental minds to help them work through their particular issues.
“ So , Penn in fact brought in people high up in the athletic department to talk to all of us, like brought in someone from your LGBTQ center, they introduced someone from psychological providers, ” she recalled.
“ So you’re upset about what’s happening, and so you need psychological help? ” Walsh summarized, to which the swimmer agreed.
“ Plus they told us in this conference, they said, ‘ Look, all of us understand there’s an array of feelings, but Lia’s swimming is a non-negotiable. However , we can help you create that okay, that’s what we’re here for, ” the particular swimmer said.
The excerpt from the documented was released as ABC/Disney’s “ Good Morning America” on Wednesday aired an interview with Jones who was allowed to speak up about the controversy surrounding his/her swimming career.
“ I intend to keep swimming, ” Thomas told “ Good Morning America. ” “ It’s been a goal associated with mine to swim at Olympic trials for a long time, and I would love to see that via. ”
In March, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) released a proclamation rejecting Lia Thomas’ victory in an NCAA women’s competition and instead declaring second-place finisher , University of Virginia pupil and former Tampa Bay-native Emma Weyant as the true champion of the NCAA Division one 500-yard freestyle race.
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