Lia Thomas responds to doctors saying Thomas has an unfair advantage over biologically female swimmers

Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas said she didn’t change to have an advantage over biologically female swimmers — she wanted to “be her authentic self” and even compete in the Olympics.

Thomas’ comments come as two doctors told The New York Times they believe the NCAA swimmer has an edge over her competition because she was born a male.

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Thomas told Good Morning America on Tuesday that she feels she has “everybody’s permission to be myself,” and has been critical of those who advocate for transgender rights, except in women’s sports.

“You can’t go halfway and say, ‘I support trans people, but only up to a point,'” she said. “If you support trans women and they’ve met all NCAA requirements, I don’t know if you can say something like that. … Trans women are not a threat to women’s sport.”

She later added, “Trans people don’t go into athletics. We shift to being happy and authentic and being ourselves. … Transitioning to gain an advantage plays no part in our decisions.”

Thomas later remarked, “It’s been a goal of mine for a long time to swim at the Olympics. I’d love to do it.”

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Last week, Michael Joyner and exercise physiologist Ross Tucker told the Times that Thomas’s biological makeup gives her an unfair advantage over biologically female swimmers, despite taking hormone-suppressing drugs for the time required by the NCAA.

Joyner told the outlet that while girls typically grow faster compared to boys, boys quickly outperform their female counterparts when puberty comes into play.

“You see the deviation right away when the testosterone hits the boys,” explained Joyner. “There are dramatic differences in performance.”

He added that while there are “social aspects of sport,” they are “underpinned” by physiology and biology.

“Testosterone is the 800-pound gorilla,” he added.

Tucker noted, “Lia Thomas is the manifestation of the scientific evidence. Reducing testosterone levels did not eliminate their biological advantage. Lia Thomas responds to doctors saying Thomas has an unfair advantage over biologically female swimmers

Laura Coffey

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