Feminists Against Lia Thomas in NCAA Finals Feel 'Politically Homeless'

Some feminists protesting the inclusion of transgender swimmer Lia Thomas on her school's women's team say they feel "politically homeless."

Thomas—a transgender swimmer with the University of Pennsylvania—won countless races throughout the past year. Her victories propelled the issue of transgender inclusion in sports into the national spotlight, with some saying transgender women have biological advantages over cisgender women—making the competition unfair.

The issue has become politically charged, with Republicans pledging to prevent allowing transgender women to compete on women's teams, with many Democrats embracing transgender athletes, supporting efforts to increase inclusion.

However, some self-identified feminists have taken issue with Democratic support for Thomas and other transgender swimmers.

A group of feminist activists protested outside the women's NCAA swimming championships on Thursday—where Thomas became the first-ever transgender NCAA Division I champion by winning the women's 500-yard-freestyle.

They told Fox News the Democratic Party's support of transgender athletes makes them feel "politically homeless."

"With the whole Biden election, I began to feel more and more disenfranchised from Democrats as a party, and I began to feel more and more that they did not represent my beliefs or my views," Amy Sousa, one of the protesters, told the news station.

Another protester, who was not identified by name, added: "I always voted as a liberal, from 18 to 39. I registered Republican in 2020 after two politicians told me they did not want my vote because of my stance on the rights for women and girls."

Still, many others have defended Thomas' inclusion on the women's team.

Olympian and Stanford University swimmer Brooke Forde, who lost to Thomas, said in January she did "not have a problem racing against Lia at NCAAs this year."

"I believe that treating people with respect and dignity is more important than any trophy or record will ever be," she said, adding that she has "great respect for Lia."

Republican-led legislatures in various states have passed laws meant to restrict transgender athletes from competing on the team that corresponds with their gender identity. However, those bills have faced opposition from even some Republicans. GOP Utah Governor Spencer Cox vetoed one of those bills earlier in March, saying he did not "want to make things harder for [the transgender community] than they have to be."

Democrats have fought back against the bills, typically voting against them. The party has largely embraced policies to promote equal rights for transgender people.

When Georgia passed its ban, state Democratic Senator Sally Harrell, whose child is transgender, said: "It's hard to stand up here and say that because it hurts, it really, really hurts. And my kid contacted me last night and said, 'Is that bill going to come up in the Senate today?' And I said, 'Yes, it is. And I'm dreading it,'" local radio station GPB reported.

Lia Thomas protesters feel politically homeless
Self-identified feminists who protested the inclusion of transgender athlete Lia Thomas, seen above in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on February 17, on University of Pennsylvania’s women’s swim team said they felt “politically homeless.” JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images