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University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas smiles on the podium after winning the 200 yard freestyle during the 2022 Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at Blodgett Pool on February 18, 2022 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

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PHILADELPHIA (LifeSiteNews) — William “Lia” Thomas, the controversial male athlete who “identifies” as a female and competes on the women’s swim team, was nominated for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year award on Thursday by the University of Pennsylvania.

Thomas, 22, has shattered records and generated national controversy since he began competing on the women’s team in 2019 after swimming for three seasons on the men’s team.

In March, Thomas was declared the winner of the NCAA women’s 500-yard freestyle event, coming in 1.75 seconds ahead of the best female swimmer, Virginia’s Emma Weyant of Sarasota, Florida. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis subsequently signed a proclamation declaring Weyant the “true winner” of the competition.

Thomas has drawn backlash from conservatives, women’s rights activists, and teammates for his involvement in women’s sports, with many arguing that regardless of how he “identifies,” it’s unfair and wrong for a male to compete against females.

RELATED: Ex-teammate of ‘Lia’ Thomas says swimmer is ‘mentally ill,’ insensitive to female athlete concerns

Meanwhile, Thomas’ nomination for the NCAA “Woman of the Year” award comes as transgender ideology has redefined womanhood as an essentially meaningless term with which anyone can identify.

Daily Wire podcaster and conservative author Matt Walsh has tackled the prevailing ideology in the massively popular documentary “What is a Woman.” In recent months, Republican lawmakers have repeatedly (and unsuccessfully) pressed liberal witnesses to define womanhood, using their inability to do so as a benchmark for their leftist radicalism.

Last week, a pro-abortion witness told Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri that claiming that only women can get pregnant is “transphobic” and “opens trans people up to violence.”

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The entire country has seen what happens when men enter women's sports.

Lia Thomas is a biological male, but he was nonetheless allowed swim against elite female competitors to win an NCAA Freestyle competition, much to the disappointment of those women who had trained so hard to compete.


Males have a natural advantage over females in the vast majority of sports, so allowing them to enter women's sports can:

  • crush the motivation of the biological girls who have worked hard to compete on a level playing field
  • put females into harm's way in contact sports and locker rooms
  • deprive women of their right to fairly compete for college scholarships and many other accolades

We all know the spectacle of Lia Thomas defeating those female swimmers was a charade, a mockery of women's sports, but now it's time to do something about it.

Please SIGN this urgent petition calling on members of Congress to pass a law banning the participation of biological males in women's sports.

This is not just about ensuring biological girls and women can compete fairly and win in their chosen sports, but it's also a major safety issue in contact sports and the dangerous use of women's locker rooms by gender-confused males.

Some of you will remember Fallon Fox, the male MMA fighter who claimed to be a woman and left his female opponent concussed and with a fractured skull.

Fox later announced on social media that he enjoys "smacking up" women who "talk transphobic nonsense."

Any reasonable person knows men shouldn't compete against women, but some people are too politically correct to take a stand and protect girls and women from this madness.

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Similarly, during her confirmation hearings earlier this year, now-Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was nominated by President Joe Biden, famously failed to answer what a woman is after being asked by Tennessee Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn.

Meanwhile, Thomas’ involvement in women’s sports has sparked legislative efforts to protect women’s sports.

The Hill noted that since last year, 18 states have enacted laws requiring athletes to compete on teams that correspond with their biological sex.

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