Transgender swimmer still competes with women despite identifying as male – OutKick


Women’s swimming is under attack.

It’s no secret that biological males swimming in women’s competitions have a significant physical advantage. Lia Thomas, for example, often placed near or at the top of women’s events after an unsuccessful run as a male athlete.


The NCAA has forced biological women to accept that they will face almost insurmountable odds of placating transgender athletes like Thomas.

This competitive advantage is ignored or excused by transgender activists because it is more important for athletes to be able to compete within their gender identity.

Except when they don’t want to.

Riley Gaines, a highly decorated collegiate swimmer, recently joined Tomi Lahren to discuss her position on these issues.

She spoke forcefully about how promoting Thomas and UPenn’s absurd nomination for “Woman of the Year” destroyed any interest she had in receiving the award:

Gaines also touched on the fact that beyond Lia Thomas, another transgender athlete competes in women’s events.

Iszac Henig is a Yale women’s team swimmer who was born female and now identifies as male. Henig beat Thomas in a 100-meter freestyle race earlier this year, leading to allegations of collusion by a UPenn swimmer, as Thomas swam more than 3 seconds slower than in previous races in this length.

Iszac Henig

So when a male-to-female swimmer wants to compete against women, the NCAA, event organizers, and university administrators encourage and promote them to defer to that individual’s gender identity. But a female to male swimmer too manages to compete with women, despite their current gender identity.

And Henig is here to remind you that he actually considers himself a man:

“I want to reiterate that I’m just a guy. I’m just a dude playing his sport at a really cool level. I’m just here to go fast and have a good time.

This absurd double standard showed Gaines that women’s sport is now a farce; open to anyone who decides they should be allowed to compete in this category:

“It proves to me that the women’s category is clearly a catch-all and totally under threat here,” Riley said. “But as I said, few swimmers spoke with Thomas other than Isaac. I think people were very susceptible. They didn’t know what to do, how to go about it. The locker room situation was completely absurd. It was uncomfortable. And so there wasn’t a lot of interaction, I would say, with a lot of people at Thomas.

She’s right.

While Iszac Henig technically didn’t take testosterone, which would have prevented competition in women’s events, it’s absurd for someone describing themselves as “just a dude” or “just a dude” to compete against women.

If you really identify as a man, how could you mentally agree to stay in women’s sport?

Well, according to Gaines, that’s because Henig wouldn’t even have a chance of making it to NCAA competitions when he was racing against biological men on a regular basis.

She also referenced the fact that the media basically ignored this story and the other participants didn’t complain because Iszac is biologically female:

“It’s something that the media just didn’t cover. But we had another transgender swimmer there,” Gaines said. “Like I said, female to male was going through Iszac. He/she, in fact, swam completely shirtless, that is to say, it was just extremely, the whole situation was uncomfortable. But there haven’t been many complaints there because technically. Iszac was competing with their gender assigned at birth, their sex assigned at birth.

This whole incident highlights the absurdity of transgender activism in this area. Essentially, according to them, the athletes to have to be allowed to race against any gender they identify with, regardless of their biological advantages.

Denying them access to the sport of their new gender will result in charges of transphobia and incitement to violence.

But when they have changed their gender identity while wishing to remain in the same biological category, this must also be allowed. Sex only matters when they want it to, and biology, of course, never matters.

Ideological coherence is anathema to arousing ideology, and it places female athletes in a remarkably uncomfortable and unfair position. After years of pretending to care about “women’s rights”, it’s amazing how quickly those rights are being pushed aside in the service of a new agenda.

Watch Tomi and Riley’s conversation here:

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