Lia Thomas teammate reveals identity, joins Gaines in stand for women’s sports: ‘It’s OK if I get some hate’

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Paula Scanlan (left), Lia Thomas (center), and Riley Gaines. (Fox News, AP Photos)

Lia Thomas teammate reveals identity, joins Gaines in stand for women’s sports: ‘It’s OK if I get some hate’

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A former college teammate of Lia Thomas is joining Riley Gaines in speaking out against biological males’ participation in women’s sports.

Paula Scanlan, who swam for the University of Pennsylvania women’s swim team alongside Lia Thomas, a biological male who identifies as a transgender female, recently decided to reveal her identity after having only spoken out anonymously. She said on The Ingraham Angle that she is no longer scared.

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“I think one of the biggest things for me is just seeing how much this has changed in the last year, right? I thought maybe this won’t continue to happen in other sports, maybe the swimming is the exception, and I’ve seen this blow up,” Scanlan said.

“There’s cases of the track people in California. There’s cycling, skateboarding,” she continued. “Every single women’s sport imaginable has been infiltrated by biological males competing on the women’s team, and I decided that, you know, it’s OK if I get some hate and I shouldn’t be scared anymore because I need to use my voice and encourage other women to speak out against unfair competition.”

Gaines, a former University of Kentucky championship swimmer-turned-women’s sports advocate, has been outspoken about the need to “protect the integrity of women’s sports.”

“Make no mistake. Paula spoke of her experience at UPenn, but this is the happening at every institution across the country, and I know this because I just graduated from one,” Gaines said on Hannity. “These institutions will do everything they can to silence you. Paula’s experience is far from unique.”

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“Look, this isn’t something that’s anti-trans,” Gaines added. “This isn’t meant to be hateful. This is pro-woman. It’s about fairness. End of discussion.”

In finding her new boldness, Scanlan encouraged parents of young female athletes not to be afraid to speak out early.

“Definitely speak out as early as you can about it, raise concerns. Make the environments that are letting this happen be aware that you’re not OK with it,” Scanlan said. “We really need to come together and use our voices, get as many people as we can talking about this. I think if we really get a big crowd behind us, they can’t silence us any longer.”

Scanlan broke her silence in a video interview with conservative commentator Matt Walsh posted on Twitter on Monday. Since then, she has commented on the overwhelming response.

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“Something that has shocked me is the volume of international messages I have received,” Scanlan tweeted. “The world looks to America to do the right and thing and now more than ever it is important as Americans we stand up for the truth. The whole world depends on us to do so.”

She added: “As a Taiwanese citizen as well as a US citizen. I’m able to see first hand the impact the decisions we make in America have on the world. Americans we need to step up and do the right thing.”

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