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    UPenn Swimmer Claims Team Was Silenced Regarding Trans Teammate Lia Thomas

    June 22, 2023
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    University of Pennsylvania swimmer Paula Scanlan broke her silence this week about not only her transgender teammate Lia Thomas but also the university's attempt to keep students quiet regarding the matter.

    In an interview with Fox Business host Stuart Varney, Scanlan said, "Our university actually just didn't really have any conversations with us at all about our concerns with the situation happening, and then once it was already a media storm, and Thomas was already breaking all these records, that's when they came in and told us, please don't talk to the media, this is a non-negotiable and provided us with counseling services if we objected."

    "They brought in a whole panel of individuals, someone from the LGBT Center, someone from the psychological services, and a bunch of people from the athletic department," she added.

    "The governing body of swimming called FINA, they actually put in a rule that said, if you don't transition before the age of 12, you are not allowed to compete internationally. So in terms of Lia Thomas, or another - another individual that's like that going to the Olympics, that's not going to happen. But in terms of the NCAA, the NCAA hasn't changed any of its policies regarding transgender individuals. It's about a year of testosterone blockers and hormone replacement therapy, and then you're good to compete on the women's team," Scanlan concluded.

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    Scanlan has been joined by a myriad of other swimmers and female athletes who have begun speaking out against being forced to compete against biological men.

    In April, former University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines was assaulted by a pro-trans crowd after a speech she gave at San Francisco State University about having to compete against and share women's spaces, with biological males.

    According to her husband, Louis Barker, Gaines had to be barricaded in a room for almost 3 hours in order to protect her.

    "She told me she was hit multiple times by a guy in a dress. I was shaking. It made me that mad. It makes me sick to feel so helpless about it. She was under police protection and was still hit by a man wearing a dress," Barker said.

    After the incident, Gaines posted on Twitter, "The prisoners are running the asylum at SFSU...I was ambushed and physically hit twice by a man. This is proof that women need sex-protected spaces. Still only further assures me I'm doing something right. When they want you silent, speak louder."

    Now, Gaines isn't the only one speaking out, with Scanlan and others expressing concern not only about being forced to share female spaces with biological males but as concerning, about all the attempts being made to silence their voices. Riley Gaines is right, it's time to speak louder.



    Jen Snow

    Jen Snow is a former paralegal turned freelance writer who has a passion for foreign affairs. When not writing, she can be found curled up with her dog and a good book or outside playing in the Florida sun.
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    John Thomas

    It's too bad Scanlan and her teammates did not refuse to practice or compete if Thomas were being allowed to use the locker room, practice and compete.That is the only effective method of preventing him from ruining their collegiate athletic experience. He was denying a woman her place on the team, plus making the women uncomfortable in the locker room. A total creep!


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