Over the weekend, a transgender cyclist who goes by the name Tiffany Thomas managed to win the women’s race in New York City. However, this win has sparked a lot of outrage and controversy amongst those who are aware of the fundamental biological differences between males and females.
A biological male has won a women’s cycling division in New York City.https://t.co/e65pdFc7yl
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) March 22, 2023
At age 46, Tiffany Thomas who only took up cycling in 2018, managed to blow away the competition to reach the podium’s top spot. Still, many wonder whether this victory would have been possible without the inherent biological advantage that Thomas had over his female competitors.
🚴Trans-identifying male, Tiffany Thomas (46) wins NYC women's cycling event, angering critics: 'Not fair at all'@i_heart__bikes @libbyemmons https://t.co/fcUCbO580a pic.twitter.com/HG23bNrG0D
— ICONS Women (@icons_women) March 22, 2023
🚴 Trans-identifying male, Tiffany Thomas has
👉15+ career race wins in the women's category
👉competed in 70+ women's cycling races over the last few years
One athlete displaces countless women in a sport over the course of an athletic career https://t.co/BCFFFBMVYJ…
— ICONS Women (@icons_women) March 23, 2023
Thomas is a scientist by day, and an athlete by night, and he proudly represents cycling team LA Sweat. According to the team’s bio, he is a lover of barbells, bikes, and dogs. The team’s bio doesn’t lie; as Thomas has previously won other races, proving himself to be a serious contender in this sport.
While the females who accompanied Thomas on the podium seemed elated, critics are furious. The Post Millennial, a reputable conservative news outlet, has reported on the incident, which they described as yet another example of the transgender agenda trying to erase the very concept of biological sex.
This issue is becoming increasingly politicized with left-leaning media outlets, such as “The Daily Beast,” attempting to trivialize arguments made by those on the right who believe that the ideology of “transgenderism” needs to be completely eradicated from the public space.
Despite some backlash from conservatives, Thomas addressed the accusations in a lengthy Instagram post. Although he claimed to try to “make it through the day”, most of us could empathize with those on the margins who must stand up and be heard in the face of adversity.
It is time for Americans to have a frank and open conversation about the many complicated issues surrounding transgender athletes in sports. Until then, one can’t help but wonder just how long the women’s category will remain fair and just while men such as Thomas continue to win these races.