Ivy League Releases Statement of Solidarity with Trans Swimmer before Upcoming Competition

Swimmers compete in the women’s 50-meter freestyle during the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb., June 19, 2021. (Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports)

The Ivy League, the organization of eight elite liberal arts colleges, released a statement Thursday in solidarity with transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, who will be competing on the University of Pennsylvania’s women’s team at a tournament this weekend against conference members Yale and Dartmouth.

“Over the past several years, Lia and the University of Pennsylvania worked with the NCAA to follow all of the appropriate protocols in order to comply with the NCAA policy on transgender athlete participation and compete on the Penn women’s swimming and diving team. The Ivy League has adopted and applies the same NCAA policy,” the Ivy League tweeted.

“The Ivy League reaffirms its unwavering commitment to providing an inclusive environment for all student-athletes while condemning transphobia and discrimination in any form,” the statement read.

UPenn confirmed Thursday that Thomas would be participating in future swimming events designated for women, despite protests from fellow teammates.

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