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Phil Boas: Lia Thomas' teammates can't speak out, and that's a problem for everyone

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Monday, March 21, 2022 - 11:05am
Updated: Monday, March 21, 2022 - 11:11am

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The Show regularly checks in with the editorial board of the Arizona Republic to talk about current issues facing the state and the region — featured in columns on the newspaper’s op-ed pages.

Lia Thomas became the first transgender woman to win a Division I national championship last week when she emerged ahead of the competition in the NCAA’s 500-yard freestyle swimming event.

The issue of transgender athletes has become a part of the culture wars, another example of the partisan divide in the United States.

But while some are criticizing Thomas’ ability to compete in female races, others — like some of her University of Pennsylvania teammates — expressed their frustration in an anonymous letter, saying they felt unable to speak out about their concerns.

The Republic's editorial page editor, Phi Boas, wrote a column focusing on the free speech issues Thomas’ teammates brought up. The Show spoke with him to learn his concerns.

Phil Boas
Phil Boas
Phil Boas

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