Controversy Ensues After Transgender Swimmer Lia Thomas Wins NCAA Championship

Penn’s Lia Thomas was able to swim in the women’s NCAA Championship this week.

The transgender swimmer dealt with protests and taunts on social media all week long. And in the end, she ended up winning the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday.

All over social media, people argued that Lia Thomas should not have been able to compete in the women’s championship.

In a Sports Illustrated feature from two weeks ago, Lia Thomas shared her goals despite all the hate she has been receiving.

“I just want to show trans kids and younger trans athletes that they’re not alone,” she said. “They don’t have to choose between who they are and the sport they love.”

For now, it looks like Lia Thomas will continue to be allowed to compete with women. And the controversy will likely rage on in the meantime.

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