ELMA, NY (MB) — The nationwide controversy surrounding Lia Thomas, a transgender swimmer, who turned the primary to win an NCAA Division I championship has reached Western New York.
Iroquois Central College District Monitor Coach Thomas Wooden took to social media to share his considerations along with her successful. The submit has since been deleted, however the screenshot exhibits an image of the swimmer subsequent to different swimmers and partially reads “no inherent benefit in any respect?”
The district didn’t touch upon the story, however in an e-mail, the district superintendent CC’d information retailers on the matter.
The e-mail states “The District was unaware of the social media posting. We are going to comply with up accordingly per our personnel insurance policies and procedures.”
Native resident Matthew Brysinski got here throughout the submit on-line. Brysinski identifies as pan, his pronouns his are – he, him, his his.
“I’ve talked rather a lot about Lia Thomas over the past month. And, for probably the most half, there’s lots of common nameless Joes sort of saying what they do. This one hit me somewhat bit otherwise, as a result of it is an educator, it is a coach,” stated Brysinski.
There are numerous memes circulating all through the web in regards to the swimmer and members of the native LGBTQ group are talking out.
“Once I look and I see folks show hateful feedback in direction of Lia and her expertise and what she’s going by way of. I believe, we as a society, lots of us are ignorant in direction of the trans-experience, and what it’s to transition and what goes into it,” stated Brysinski. “My foremost worry is that lots of people equate it with Rodney Dangerfield’s Ladybugs or Juwanna Mann. It is like ‘Hey I am not good, I will say I am a lady and I will dominate.’ Which is absurd. It’s the most absurd factor you possibly can hear. However, it is the argument and it is the favored argument proper now.”
Leaders within the native LGBTQ group weighed in as nicely.
“For me, being a girl of coloration, a girl of trans-experience, and a girl of religion, it nonetheless alarms me to today that individuals will be so judgmental and biased,” stated Kelly Craig Government Director Delight Heart WNY. “As our trans group continues to develop and flourish with each try to dwell within the mainstream.”
The Niagara Delight group launched a press release on the subject as nicely:
“First, congratulations to Lia Woods and her accomplishments. It’s unlucky when people perpetuate myths about trans athletes, as doing so solely serves to do hurt and never any social good.
Legal guidelines and insurance policies which explicitly exclude trans athletes are designed to exclude transgender people from social areas and in reality can result in hurt of all ladies.
Simply as all people have various levels of athletic skills and aptitudes. Trans athletes differ in athletic skills identical to cisgender athletes do. I might encourage people to be taught extra in regards to the LGBTQ+ group, the impression that discriminatory legal guidelines and insurance policies have, and uncover methods non-LGBTQ+ people will be allies.”
Ronald Piaseczny, JD, LMHC President – Niagara Delight, Inc
We reached out to the athletic director and the monitor coach as nicely and obtained no response.
Angelica Morrison is an award-winning reporter who has been a part of the Minus Better group since 2019. See extra of her work right here.