There is much more to the story of “Lia” Thomas and women’s swimming at the University of Pennsylvania than the unfairness of his physical superiority. The Washington Examiner stated that Thomas’s claim to being a woman was not fulfilled by the university.
An anonymous father of a woman on the team said that when Thomas claimed he had made a transgender identity switch, women’s team members were told “she” would have “her” own separate locker room. “For some reason, that obviously changed. I’m not sure why it changed,” the father said. The separate locker room arrangement never happened, and Thomas – sporting a full male anatomy – shared locker room space with the women all season.
Penn refused to listen to female swimmers’ complaints about the shared locker room. The school told the swimmers to stop complaining and just deal with it.
An anonymous father spoke out to Washington Examiner and suggested that the university might have been afraid of legal threats or potential legal fees and so sided with Thomas rather than the women. It is not uncommon for the ACLU to sue LGBT people, which can be costly.
Thomas showed off his male gender to teammates in the locker room. One anonymous swimmer told Daily Mail that Thomas “still has male body parts and is still attracted to women.”
The father said of his daughter, “I can’t say she’s been traumatized, but there was definitely a breach of trust and a failure on the part of Penn to protect her. Regarding Lia in the locker room, Penn told any female swimmers who had issues to essentially ‘get over it.’ They can’t ostracize Lia.”
Christopher Tremoglie, a commentary fellow with the Examiner, said, “While it is important to protect the sanctity of competition in women’s sports, it is equally important to make sure young women aren’t traumatized by being forced to see naked male genitalia in an area that is supposed to be a safe space.”
According to a Penn swimmer, team members brought up the problem of their locker rooms multiple times to university officials. “But we were basically told that we could not ostracize Lia by not having her in the locker room and that there’s nothing we can do about it, that we basically have to roll over and accept it, or we cannot use our own locker room.”
This is “a sad state of affairs” when universities lie to parents while accommodating transgender students, Tremoglie commented.:
The University of Pennsylvania prioritized one person suffering from gender dysphoria over its female students — and their parents, who pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in tuition. Universities are supposed to protect students — all of their students, not just those who have been elevated to a protected class resulting from a warped and misguided sense of social justice.
Despite its one-sided attempts to address the controversy, Penn, nevertheless, is facing legal trouble. Last week, Concerned Women For America sued Penn for allowing Thomas to compete on the women’s swim team.
The Penn’s indefensible locker rooms are precisely why so many states tried to pass recent bathroom bills. Men should never have to share bathroom facilities with women and girls. Men pretending to women.