GROSS! Lia Thomas's Teammate On How Awkward The Locker Rooms Are Now
It's a sad day when women can't feel safe using facilities that are meant to be exclusive to them. Lia Thomas's teammates have reportedly complained about being forced to see Thomas naked as they try to change into their swimsuits and dropped some major concerns that have gone on ignored by the University of Pennsylvania.
A teammate told DailyMail that it's “definitely awkward because Lia still has male body parts and is still attracted to women.”
The Daily Mail report includes that the anonymous teammate stated that although Thomas’ male genitalia are often covered by a towel, there have been a number of times Thomas’ nudity has been revealed, exposing the genitalia for the women on the team to glimpse and making them feel uncomfortable.
The Daily Mail reported that Thomas has told teammates that he has dated women but it was unclear if he still does.
The teammate told Daily Mail that man of the women have argued with coach Mike Schnur to have Thomas removed from the locker room and banned, but their voices have been ignored.
"Multiple swimmers have raised it, multiple different times. 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. … It’s really upsetting because Lia doesn’t seem to care how it makes anyone else feel. The 35 of us are just supposed to accept being uncomfortable in our own space and locker room for, like, the feelings of one.
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. It just seems like the women who built this program and the people who were here before Lia don’t matter. And it’s frustrating because Lia doesn’t really seem to be bothered by all the attention, not at all. Actually she seems like she enjoys it. It’s affected all of us way more than it’s affected her."
She also told the outlet that the girls want to protest but they're too afraid to, “we’ve all tried to think of anything we could do, but I just don’t know what we could do that wouldn’t basically have us not be swimming. We already lost a year due to covid and people don’t want to put their own swim careers on hold," she said.
Their fears are pretty justified considering the school presently threatened to sue the NCAA for ordering trans swimmers to submit to blood tests to check their hormone levels before they can compete.