Teammates and parents don't support the transgender swimmer, Lia Thomas



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Teammates and parents don't support the transgender swimmer, Lia Thomas

Lia Thomas is still one of the main topics in the US media, and there is a lot of debate about whether Lia should compete in female competition, despite hormone therapy. Some of her colleagues, but also the parents of the swimmers, rebelled against Lia and the opportunity to perform in the women's category, but it seems that things will not change and that Lia has every right to do so.

Her colleagues and parents also gave their opinion; "It's been weird because if I stand next to Lia, then suddenly my photograph emerges in some news outlet," her teammate Andie Myers told ESPN. "It's weird."

"I knew that there were going to be people that didn't want Lia to swim or didn't think that it was fair, but I definitely was not expecting people to be speaking out like they were," Hadley DeBruyn told ESPN.

"I think that that is what shocked me the most." One Penn parent has nothing against transgender people, and supports the rights of all people, but believes that it is not fair to compete in the women's category "We respect Lia as a person.

We respect her right to live as a woman and her right to do whatever she feels is best for herself in her life," one Penn parent told ESPN. "But at the same time, that shouldn't mean competing against the biological women and having the full access to the locker room."

Hogshead-Makar and her opinion

Hogshead-Makar, a swimmer who fights for sesual rights, surprised many with her statements. "There are two philosophies that are clashing right now," Hogshead-Makar said. "One is an ideology of gender identity and the other one is the idea of science and biology.

The ideology is trans women are women. For the most part, people were onboard for the idea that you want transgender people to be welcome in employment and public accommodations. But then there's the biology part of it when it comes to medical treatment, or women's sports. That ideology is not fact. It is not a fact that trans women are women."