Lia Thomas row over-complicated as ‘we know what a man and a woman is’ – activist claims

Thomas has been met with outrage after becoming the first transgender woman to win an NCAA Division I title on Friday

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The Lia Thomas incident is not as complicated as many people are making out, according to a women’s rights activist.

Lia became the first transgender woman to win an NCAA Division I title on Friday, having originally competed in the male division before racing against women after she transitioned.

The 22-year-old has received criticism for competing in the event, with many believing they shouldn’t have been given the necessary clearance to take part.

Kellie-Jay Keen, founder of Standing For Women, travelled to the US to protest against Lia competing in a women's race.

Swimmer Lia Thomas
Swimmer Lia Thomas

Ms Keen told GB News that it needed to be said that Lia was a man, while also calling for governing bodies to meet in order “to allow women and girls dignity and privacy”.

She said: “I actually went to New York to talk about women’s rights, I also talked outside the White House and protested outside the UN because they do not care for women.

Women's rights activist, Kellie-Jay Keen
Women's rights activist, Kellie-Jay Keen

“Specifically looking at the Lia Thomas issue, I was in a room with hundreds of people who all knew that there was a man in the race with their daughters in the pool and everyone wanted to say it and everyone was too frightened to say it, so I thought It was my moment, and it needed to be said that he is in fact a man.

“I don’t think it’s a complicated issue, we’ve known what a man is and what is a woman and now we have to pretend we don’t know."

She added: “We know who we want in female spaces, we know who should be competing in women’s sports and it simply isn’t a man.

“He is about six foot four and he may well be just as much a victim as anyone else is this because it is the NCAA, it’s the Olympics who have made these catastrophically stupid recommendations to invite men into women’s sports.

“I think it's absolutely vital to say enough is enough, it’s gone too far and get grown-ups in a room to talk common sense and to allow women and girls the dignity and privacy to have their own spaces just for them.”