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‘I didn’t progress for a benefit, I changed to be my valid self’: Trans swimmer Lia Thomas disregards specialists who affirm she DOES enjoy unreasonable actual benefit – as she uncovers her desires to contend in Olympics

'I didn't progress for a benefit, I changed to be my valid self': Trans swimmer Lia Thomas disregards specialists who affirm she DOES enjoy unreasonable actual benefit - as she uncovers her desires to contend in Olympics

‘I didn’t progress for a benefit, I changed to be my valid self’: Trans swimmer Lia Thomas disregards specialists who affirm she DOES enjoy unreasonable actual benefit – as she uncovers her desires to contend in Olympics

Thomas, 22, showed up on Good Morning America on Tuesday morning
It is her most memorable TV interview since she raged the female school swimming associations in 2021
She demanded she didn’t progress to win more awards and said she is at long last blissful
Lia’s position in the game has been generally bantered by trans activists and sports specialists
Physiologist Ross Tucker says Thomas actually enjoys a benefit in spite of taking chemical suppressant treatment
The NCAA permitted Lia to contend this year as a lady however it’s muddled how they will respond when the following season starts in September with different young ladies
She has now moved on from UPenn, the school she swam for
Other master tennis players including trans player Renee Richards and Martina Navratilova say it is out of line
Transsexual swimmer Lia Thomas said on Tuesday that she ought to be permitted to contend as a lady in spite of enjoying an actual benefit and that she ‘doesn’t require consent’ from anybody.

The 22-year-old ended her quietness on Good Morning America on Tuesday where she likewise uncovered desires to seek America in the Olympics.
It comes after a rush of specialists recommended she – and other trans female competitors – will continuously enjoy an unjustifiable benefit in certain games since they can’t fix pubescence, when their organic male bodies were overflowed with testosterone.

Talking on Tuesday, Lia conceded she is ‘no clinical master’ except for she said some cisgender females have more testosterone, greater hands and feet and are taller than their rivals – so for what reason would it be a good idea for her she prohibited when they aren’t.

‘I needn’t bother with anyone’s consent to act naturally,’

she said.

She likewise said any individual who says she isn’t permitted to contend is a lady is transphobic, whether they support her entitlement to progress.

‘You can’t go midway and be like

“I support trans individuals however just partially.”

‘Assuming you support trans-women and they’ve met all the N.C.A.A. prerequisites, I couldn’t say whether you can express something to that effect.

‘Trans ladies are not a danger to ladies’ game,’

she said.

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Lia Thomas appearing on Good Morning America on Tuesday where she said she hopes to swim for America in the Olympics

Lia Thomas appearing on Good Morning America on Tuesday where she said she hopes to swim for America in the Olympics
Lia Thomas says she hopes to compete in the Olympics
Thomas began transitioning in 2020 aged 19. Doctors say that even though she has met hormone replacement therapy requirements, it is not enough to reverse the effects of puberty as a male to the extent needed to level the playing field
Thomas began transitioning in 2020 aged 19. Doctors say that even though she has met hormone replacement therapy requirements, it is not enough to reverse the effects of puberty as a male to the extent needed to level the playing field

She dismissed the controversy surrounding her place in the women’s category, saying she is now happy.

‘There’s a lot of factors that go into a race and how well you do. The biggest change for me is that I’m happy and sophomore year where I had my best times competing with men, I was miserable.

‘Having that be lifted is incredibly relieving and allows me to put my all into training and racing.’

Thomas (pictured in 2017) formerly competed in the men's team and started taking hormone therapy in 2019-2020. The pandemic gave her a break in the sport and she proceeded with transition therapy

Thomas (pictured in 2017) formerly competed in the men’s team and started taking hormone therapy in 2019-2020. The pandemic gave her a break in the sport and she proceeded with transition therapy

She insisted that she did not transition to perform better in the league tables, explaining: ‘Trans people don’t transition for athletics. We transition to be happy and authentic and to be ourselves.

‘Transition to get an advantage is not something that factors into our decisions,’

she said.

She also said she was prepared to give up her swimming career in order to transition and wasn’t sure she would be allowed to compete as a woman.

When she started taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT), she said she immediately became slower in the water.

‘I’m not a medical expert but there’s a lot of variation among cis female athletes. There are cis women who are tall muscular and have more testosterone. Should that also disqualify them?’

Doctors say that Lia does have an unfair advantage that cannot be reversed because she went through puberty before she started taking hormones to become female.

While the hormones reduced her levels of testosterone, some experts say a year or even four years of the therapy is not enough to reverse what happens to the male teenage body.

‘There are social aspects to sport, but physiology and biology underpin it. Testosterone is the 800-pound gorilla,’

Michael J. Joyner, the Mayo Clinic doctor, said yesterday in an interview with The New York Times.

He added on Tuesday on Good Morning America: ‘Body size, hand size, foot size, bone density [are all factors] but the main thing is the interactions of exercise training and muscle.

‘I think that evidence so far would suggest a period of a year, two, three or even four years [of hormone therapy] is insufficient.’

Shrugging off the doctor’s comments, Lia says she hopes to compete in the Olympics.

‘t’s been a goal of mine to swim at Olympic trials for a very long time. I would love to see that through,’I

she said.

Lia Thomas after winning the 500 yard freestyle in March. The runners-up posed together

Lia Thomas after winning the 500 yard freestyle in March. The runners-up posed together
Dr. Michael Joyner

Dr Ross Tucker
Dr. Michael Joyner, left, and Dr. Ross Tucker, right, both say the biological advantage is inescapable

‘Lia Thomas is the manifestation of the scientific evidence. The reduction in testosterone did not remove her biological advantage,’

Dr. Ross Tucker, a sports physiologist added.

Their comments confirm the fears of Lia’s competitors, who were literally blown out of the water after she started transitioning from male to female when she was 19.

She has since soared to the top of the women’s league tables, whereas she was unheard of as a male athlete.

The swimmer’s teammates at Princeton have anonymously fought to have her excluded from the category.

Martina Navratilova says Lia has an unfair advantage

Martina Navratilova says Lia has an unfair advantage

They are too frightened to speak publicly about the issue for fear of being kicked off he team or lampooned by LGBTQ activism.

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Lia defended her position saying: ‘I am a woman, just like anybody else on the team. I’ve always viewed myself as just a swimmer.

‘It’s what I’ve done for so long; it’s what I love. ‘I get into the water every day and do my best,’

she said.

In the Times article, one of the teammates revealed she had been rejected from a social eating club at Princeton because she had branded ‘transphobic’ for questioning Lia’s place in the sport.

Her place has divided the world of sport.

Some say she should be allowed to compete in the category she identifies with whereas others, including tennis legend Martina Navratilova – who is gay – say it’s unfair.

Navratilova was admonished for tweeting about Lia’s situation and suggesting that she should compete with an asterisk next to her name.

She told the Times: ‘I played against taller women, I played against stronger women, and I beat them all.

‘But if I faced the male equivalent of Lia in tennis, that’s biology. I would have had no shot. And I would have been livid.’ ‘

Caitlyn Jenner has also deemed Lia's place in the women's category as unfar

Caitlyn Jenner has also deemed Lia’s place in the women’s category as unfar

Trans tennis player Renee Richards transitioned from female to male in her 40s.

She said in an interview in 2012 that she had changed her position to acknowledge that male biology gives trans female athletes an advantage.

‘Having lived for the past 30 years, I know if I’d had surgery at the age of 22, and then at 24 went on the tour, no genetic woman in the world would have been able to come close to me. And so I’ve reconsidered my opinion.

‘There is one thing that a transsexual woman unfortunately cannot expect to be allowed to do, and that is to play professional sports in her chosen field. She can get married, live as woman, do all of those other things, and no one should ever be allowed to take them away from her.

‘But this limitation—that’s just life. I know because I lived it,’

she told Slate in 2012, years before Lia transitioned.

Trans swimmer Lia Thomas wins 500 yard race and NCAA title

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