US swim official resigns in protest at transgender swimmer


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A US Swimming official resigned ahead of the US Paralympics Swimming National Championships last week to protest a transgender swimmer. Cynthia Millen complained that University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas has an unfair advantage over other women swimmers.

Millen previously officiated swim meets for about three decades. The Washington Post reported that she claimed Lia Thomas enjoyed an unfair advantage.

“I can’t do this – I can’t support this.

“I told my fellow officials that I can no longer participate in a sport which allows biological men to compete against women. Everything fair about swimming is being destroyed.”

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22-year-old Lia Thomas previously admitted concerns about her swimming career after transitioning and coming out.

“The process of coming out as being trans and continuing to swim was a lot of uncertainty and unknown around an area that’s usually really solid. Realizing I was trans threw that into question. Was I going to keep swimming? What did that look like?”

However, National Collegiate Athletic Association rules allow transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports following a year of testosterone suppressing treatment.

Lia Thomas went on to break several University of Pennsylvania records following her return to swimming after transitioning.

But the recently resigned Millen hopes to encourage other officials to resign. She also said that if she had officiated a meet with Lia Thomas competing, she would deem the swimmer ineligible. She called on other swimming officials to do the same.

“This is not right because by doing this, we’re supporting this.

“There are no swim meets if there are no officials.”

Readers will no doubt be shocked to learn that Cynthia Millen has already appeared on Fox News referring to Lia Thomas as a man.

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