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Tennis legend Martina Navratilova says what we're all thinking about trans swimmer Lia Thomas' 'Woman of the Year' nomination

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Following the NCAA announcement that transgender swimmer Lia Thomas was nominated for the 2022 "Woman of the Year" award by the University of Pennsylvania, tennis legend Martina Navratilova took to Twitter to express the sentiments we've all thinking when it comes to biological men competing in women's sports.

"Not enough fabulous biological women athletes, NCAA?!? What is wrong with you?!!!!!!!?" tweeted the nine-time singles Wimbledon champion.

As you may have heard, UPenn nominated Thomas — a biological male who in 2017 ranked as the 462nd-best male swimmer on the school's men's team — for the National Collegiate Athletic Association's 2022 "Woman of the Year" award. Thomas joined the women’s team in 2020 after transitioning and almost immediately became the No. 1-ranked female collegiate swimmer in the country.

Navratilova, one of the greatest tennis players of all time and a vocal LGBT activist, has been speaking out about the unfair advantages of biological men competing in women's sports.

“It's not about excluding transgender women from winning, ever,” she told NewsNation in March. “But it is about not allowing them to win when they were not anywhere near winning as men. You try to keep it as close as possible to what it would have been had you been born in the female biological body in the first place.”

On BlazeTV's “Fearless with Jason Whitlock," Jason and contributor Delano Squires sounded the alarm about the less obvious concerns of transgender athletes such as Thomas. It's not just about violating norms of athletic fairness, but also the normalization of something that is downright dangerous to American children. At what point do surgeries and drugs used for gender transitions become abusive?

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