Teammates of the UPenn’s infamous trans swimmer are beginning to break their silence. It’s been revealed that many of the women teammates of Lia Thomas feel “uncomfortable” according to The Daily Mail.
A teammate of Thomas spoke on the condition of anonymity and said “we’re uncomfortable in the locker room.”
“It’s definitely awkward because Lia still has male body parts and is still attracted to women,” the unnamed teammate told The Daily Mail. It was revealed that Thomas often exposes “her male genitals when changing” and told her teammates that “she dates women.”
“The school was so focused on making sure Lia was okay, and doing everything they possibly could do for her, that they didn’t even think about the rest of us,” the swimmer said of her biological male teammate.
“There are a lot of cowards who don’t want to cause any kind of conflict or worry that they might get looked at the wrong way,” the teammate said.
She revealed that many of her teammates are fearful of being labeled as transphobic:
“If this gets a little bigger, I might go on the record, but I’m definitely a little afraid. What I’m afraid of is that potential employers will Google my name and see commentary about things I said and think ‘oh, this person’s transphobic,'” she added.
The Daily Mail also revealed that teammates discussed the possibility of protesting at an upcoming competition, but eventually decided that it was too risky of a proposition.
Another teammate told Outkick recently that she suspects that Thomas lost on purpose to a Yale swimmer to “prove that a woman can beat her.”
“Looking at (Lia’s) time, I don’t think she was trying,” she said. “I know they’re friends and I know they were talking before the meet. I think she (Thomas) let her win to prove the point that, ‘Oh see? A female-to-male beat me.'”