USA: the 'Lia' Thomas case, THE trophy-stealing swimmer
Will Thomas has found a way to break all records: calling himself Lia and beating his opponents, moving from 462nd place in the men's freestyle to first place in the women's freestyle. A grotesque injustice at the centre of a furious debate, effectively ridden by the Republicans.
Last summer there were raving articles in the media celebrating 'transgender athletes': men who, by saying they 'identify as women', had obtained permission from the IOC to compete in the women's category at the Olympics. There was the story of Petrillo, a man with a male body and a male registry, who hoped to participate in the Paralympic Games as 'Valentina' and create a case of Self ID in Italy (here). And then we told you about "Laurel" Hubbard's performative feat of the genre at the Tokyo Olympics (here). After the [...]