‘It’s Not Fair’: Tennis Legend Blows Up At Lia Thomas
ZAPOPAN, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 08: WTA Legend Ambassador Martina Navratilova attends the Official Draw Ceremony and Gala Evening before the 2021 Akron WTA Finals Guadalajara at Zapopan City Hall on November 08, 2021 in Zapopan, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images for WTA)
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Tennis legend Martina Navratilova lashed out at biological male transgender athlete Lia Thomas after the swimmer said critics are pushing “transphobic beliefs” under the “guise of feminism.”

The 66-year-old responded on Twitter on Wednesday to a TMZ headline that read, “LIA THOMAS Fires Back At Critics …YOU’RE USING ‘FEMINISM’ TO HIDE TRANSPHOBIA!!!”

“Lia Thomas Says Her Critics Using ‘Feminism’ Claims To Hide Transphobia,” Navratilova wrote. “NEWSFLASH Lia — it’s not fair.”

“We shouldn’t have to explain it to you over and over,” she added. “Also — stop explaining feminism to feminists….”

During the podcast, Thomas said, “They’re like, ‘Oh, we respect Lia, as a woman, as a trans woman or whatever, we respect her identity, we just don’t think it’s fair.'”

“You can’t really have that sort of half-support where you’re like, ‘Oh, I respect her as a woman here, but not here,'” the swimmer added. “They are using the guise of feminism to sort of push transphobic beliefs.”



“And I think a lot of people in that camp sort of carry an implicit bias against trans people,” the swimmer continued. “But don’t want to, I guess, fully manifest or speak that out. So they try to just play it off as a sort of half support.”

It is not the first time the tennis legend and outspoken LGBT advocate has spoken about how unfair and “insane” it is for women to compete against male athletes in women’s sports.

In a lengthy op-ed for the Sunday Times of London, Navratilova said regardless of a male athlete undergoing hormone treatment for a gender transition, they still have a competitive advantage.

“Letting men compete as women simply if they change their name and take hormones is unfair — no matter how those athletes may throw their weight around,” Navratilova wrote.


“To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organization is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires,” she added. “… It’s insane and it’s cheating. I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair.”

Related: Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova Says Allowing Trans Men To Compete Against Women Is ‘Insane’ And ‘Cheating’

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