A teammate of controversial transgender swimmer Lia Thomas said officials at the University of Pennsylvania have warned female swimmers that they face consequences if they speak out against the presence of Thomas – a biological male who identifies as female – on the women’s swim team .
“They made it pretty clear if you talk about it, your life will kind of be over, you’ll be ridiculed all over the internet as a transphobe … you’ll never be able to get a job,” teammate Matt Walsh told IM As part of his recently released “What Is a Woman?” Documentary acc the daily wire.
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The Penn swimmer asked that her identity be shielded for the interview for fear of retribution, the outlet reported, and she told Walsh there were “a lot of things we couldn’t talk about.”
While the swimmer said Thomas’ dominating performance helped the team and the university, winning felt “stained”.
And of course there was the “dressing room situation” – presumably the awkwardness of having Thomas change in front of female swimmers. However, it’s clear, the swimmer said, “if you raised concerns about it, you were transphobic.”
The swimmer added that “if you even bring up the fact that Lia’s swimming may not be fair, you will be shut down immediately” and “being called a ‘hateful person’ or ‘transphobic’.”
After Walsh asked if there had been any face-to-face discussions about Thomas’ presence as a team or with a coach, the anonymous swimmer replied: “Penn actually brought in high-level people from the athletic department to speak to us – how brought up for someone from the LGBTQ center, they brought in someone from psychological services.”
Walsh was shocked: “So you’re upset about what’s happening and stuff she Do you need psychological help?”
The swimmer affirmed, adding that supervisors said: “Lia’s swimming is non-negotiable; However, we can help you fix that. That’s what we’re here for.”
The University of Pennsylvania on Thursday did not immediately respond to TheBlaze’s request for comment on the anonymous swimmer’s claims.
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https://www.theblaze.com/news/upenn-lia-thomas-no-protests ‘Your life will be over’: Teammate of Lia Thomas says UPenn officials have warned women’s team of consequences for complaints about trans swimmer presence