Women’s advocacy groups silent on transgender swimmer Lia Thomas’ dominance at NCAA championships

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As controversy continues to build around biological male college athlete Lia Thomas’ dominance in last week’s NCAA women’s swim meet, prominent women’s groups have remained largely silent.

Fox News Digital reached out to the Women’s Sports Foundation, Black Women in Sport Foundation, National Organization for Women, Champion Women and other advocacy groups to get their views on the transgender athlete’s recent dominance in races against women. biological women.

Neither organization responded to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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Women’s advocacy groups are stuck in a high pressure situation as they are forced to count support for women in sport with their stated support for transgender women.

On its website, the Women’s Sports Foundation sets out its position on transgender athletes saying, “The Women’s Sports Foundation supports the right of all athletes, including transgender athletes, to participate in fair, equitable and respectful athletic competition. all.” However, the group did not respond to an inquiry into Thomas’ case when interviewed by Fox News Digital.

University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas smiles on the podium after winning the women’s 500m freestyle during the 2022 Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Blodgett Pool on February 17, 2022 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Critics argue that Thomas should not be allowed to compete against women because of the physical advantages they say biological men have over female swimmers.

On the other hand, fans say Thomas should be able to compete because the athlete is in transition and identifies as a woman. They also point to the fact that the NCAA allowed Thomas to compete.

Transgender woman Lia Thomas (L) of the University of Pennsylvania steps onto the podium after winning the 500 meter freestyle as fellow medalists (L-R) Emma Weyant, Erica Sullivan and Brooke Forde pose for a photo at the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championship on March 17, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Transgender woman Lia Thomas (L) of the University of Pennsylvania steps onto the podium after winning the 500 meter freestyle as fellow medalists (L-R) Emma Weyant, Erica Sullivan and Brooke Forde pose for a photo at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship on March 17, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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“We are witnessing the death of women’s sports before our eyes in the name of a misplaced sense of fairness,” Gina Ciarcia, a mother of five who is running for Congress in Virginia’s 7th congressional district, told Fox News Digital.

“Female athletes are having their hard work and lifelong dreams snatched away by biological men who aren’t talented enough to compete in men’s sports,” she continued.

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In addition, a group of women who demonstrated in front of the NCAA Swimming Championships last week told Fox News Digital they had “stepped away” from the Democratic Party and believe many others have as well.

Lia Thomas clocked a winning time of 4:34.06.

Lia Thomas clocked a winning time of 4:34.06.
(Penn Athletics)

“I was historically a liberal. I would say I’m politically homeless now because I don’t think Democrats care about women and girls,” an activist from the group Save Women’s Sports told Fox News Digital.

Women’s advocacy group disagrees with Democrats’ push to include biological men in women’s activities and parked outside Georgia Tech athletic center to protest Thomas in competition at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships last week.

Fox News’ Tyler O’Neil, Teny Sahakian and Matt Wall contributed to this report.

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