Longtime USA Swimming official quits over Lia Thomas transgender controversy

Striking a blow against the Democrats’ push to allow transgendered individuals to complete in female sports programs, a veteran USA Swimming official has resigned in protest of Lia Thomas’ membership on the women’s team at the University of Pennsylvania, as Swimming World reports.

According to the outlet, Cynthia Millen, who officiated at competitive meets for 30 years, announced her resignation on Dec. 17, just ahead of the U.S. Paralympics Swimming national Championships, according to the New York Post.

“I can’t do this, I can’t support this,” Millen stated, referencing the decision to permit Thomas to join the women’s college swim team, adding, “I told my fellow officials that I can no longer participate in a sport which allows biological men to compete against women.”

The longtime swimming official continued, saying, “Everything fair about swimming is being destroyed. If Lia came on my deck as a referee, I would pull the coach aside and say, ‘Lia can swim, but Lia can swim exhibition or a time trial. Lia cannot compete against those women because that’s not fair.”

Thomas, now 22, came out as transgender back in 2019 after having spent three years as a member of the men’s swim team at the University of Pennsylvania, and since joining the women’s team, has broken a number of records by substantial margins, the Post added.

In taking a stand, Millen urged other swimming officials to follow suit, arguing that by continuing to take part in events, “we’re supporting this,” reminding the entire swimming community that “there are no swim meets if there are no officials.”

Responding to critics who suggest that it is the female swimmers themselves who should be walking away in protest, Millen explained, according to the Washington Examiner, “Well, those are 19-, 20-year-old kids. It’s up to us. We’re the ones who are supposed to be providing this fair competition. [Officials and swimming’s governing bodies] should be the ones who should be saying, ‘Wait a minute.’”

Though Thomas has pointed to a regimen of testosterone blockers and estrogen supplements as justification for her eligibility to compete in the women’s field, Millen maintained that biological males possess greater lung capacity than females and typically swim upwards of 12% faster, resulting in races that are “grossly unfair.”

Feminists on the left have seemingly backed themselves into quite a corner by claiming to champion increased opportunities for women in competitive sports while simultaneously embracing an LGBTQ agenda that, at least in this realm of endeavor, could end up effectively preventing female athletes from achieving the level of success they deserve.