Lia Thomas, a male swimmer who has ignited international controversy and debate, now aspires to compete in the Olympics on the women's team.
Thomas made that declaration in a television interview on ABC.
Thomas insists he does not have an unfair advantage over the women he competes against.
Thomas has broken numerous women's records since switching from the men's swim team to a women's swim team at the University of Pennsylvania.
The debate over men switching to women's sports teams has sparked the formation of unlikely alliances. Many vehemently feminist groups who support the rights of transgenders, males who wish to be considered females or vice versa, oppose men encroaching upon women's sports because they say it robs females of opportunities.
Other activists say that it's a matter of respecting the rights, aspirations, and dreams of those who wish to compete on opposite-sex teams.
In public polls, the vast majority of Americans say they do not believe males should be allowed to compete on female sports teams under any circumstances.
However, some people say they believe the switch should be allowed under certain conditions, such as the male having hormone treatment to reduce male hormones, and/or major surgery to remove male biological parts.
Derrik L Hagerman says
He should be ashamed of himself. Put a stop to this nonsense. (Could he pass an Olympic drug test because of the hormones hes taking?)
David R. says
"Many vehemently feminist groups who support the rights of transgenders, males who wish to be considered females or vice versa, oppose men encroaching upon women's sports because they say it robs females of opportunities."
Wait, I thought we're supposed to consider him a female. So if he can't compete on his team of choice, isn't that robbing a female of an opportunity? Seems like some want to have it both ways. Like when the first black female on the SCOTUS can't define what a woman is.
INGRID C DURDEN says
You belong to one gender and one gender only. Even if taking all the hormones one can, and have all bodily parts changed, your genes have not. You are born to a gender and that can not be changed. Thomas is a man and will be a man till the dead end.