I’m a huge TERF and I do not like Lia Thomas.
I don’t like how Lia Thomas cheated female athletes out of their medals and their swim records. I don’t like how Thomas thinks it’s okay for individuals who had the athletic advantage of passing through male puberty to compete against women. I don’t like how women athletes are being gaslit by AMAB trans athletes that a slight fall in testosterone levels puts individuals with a male-sized heart, male-sized lungs, male-sized shoulders and male-sized musculature on an equal playing field with women.
We all know that’s not true.
I also don’t like how Lia Thomas disrespected women’s boundaries by insisting on changing in a women’s locker room. There have been no reports of Thomas acting inappropriately towards Thomas’ other teammates. That being said, the mere act of insisting on using a shared space with women when you know you present as a 6'1" masculine presence with a broad shoulder breadth and a penis is an act of offense. It’s meant to intimidate women.
So no, I don’t like Lia Thomas.
That being said, I really can’t stand by and let current attacks on Lia Thomas pass without comment.
If you have been on Twitter lately (and God bless you if you have because the Bird App is horrifying) you may have noticed that Lia Thomas is trending again.
The transphobes are out in force and they are finally going to EXPOSE LIA THOMAS!!!
How are they going to expose Lia Thomas? Is Lia Thomas gonna de-transition while saying “Thanks for the gold medals ya stupid bshz?” Have there been accusations of illegal activity made against Thomas?
Nope. Lia Thomas just got “exposed” for (wait for it) BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH ANOTHER TRANS WOMAN!!!!
Yeah, so, um, that’s the big scandal. Lia Thomas has a girlfriend named Gwen Weiskopf. Weiskopf is a trans woman like Thomas. Weiskopf is also a consenting adult, like Thomas, and yeah. They make a cute couple.
Huge scandal guys.
And that leaves me scratching my head. Like…. at this point, how is Lia Thomas supposed to live her life? Trans women already get a lot of grief if they try to date cis lesbian women. Some of that is justifiable because frankly pressuring women who have made it explicitly clear that they do not want to be sexually intimate with people with penises strays dangerously far from the concept of consent. I’ve talked about this before, but I should also say that plenty of cis lesbian women do date trans women willingly.
Either way though THAT’S NOT WHAT LIA THOMAS IS DOING HERE!
Apparently Lia Thomas is not allowed to date trans women. That’s the argument the transphobes on Twitter are making right now.
Look, at this point people need to leave Lia Thomas (a consenting adult) and her girlfriend (another consenting adult) alone. Just leave consenting adults doing non-illegal stuff alone. Seriously.
Lia Thomas has upset a lot of people, but she seems to make Gwen Weiskopf happy.
And the rest is none of our business.