Lia Thomas, the transgender swimmer, is still the target of criticism and this will probably continue throughout her career. After she became the first transgender swimmer to win the NCAA swimming title in the US, she was immediately criticized.
As the main argument, critics cite her testosterone level and the genetic predisposition she had as a born male. Thomas reacted to that; “There is a lot of variation among cis female athletes, there are cis women who are very tall and very muscular and have more testosterone, should that then also disqualify them?”- Thomas said for ABC "It's been a goal of mine to swing at Olympic trials for a very long time and I would love to see that through”.
Caitlyn Jenner on Lia Thomas
Caitlyn Jenner reacted to Lia Thomas and her obvious advantages. "It seems, listening to her talk, it’s all about her, it’s not about what’s fair in sport. She has a tremendous advantage over the girls, she’s taller, bigger hands, cardiovascular system is bigger, went through male puberty.
She just has a tremendous advantage and It’s not fair. And to be honest with you, this is bad publicity for the trans community it really is. It makes the trans community selfish, self-absorbed”. Jenner believes that she is not setting a good example and is harming all 'transgender people' “Lia Thomas even said ‘if you accept me as a woman that means you have to accept me as a woman athlete’ - no that is not the case, we do not have to accept that.
And it’s just not good publicity for the community. Honestly I know so many trans people that are wonderful human beings just doing great things in life and I want them to be the example. This is a difficult issue, what about female to male athletes? There are a lot of issues out there right now but number one we have to keep it fair for women”.