American News Dec 17, 2021 1:20 PM EST

Female college athlete urges women on Penn swimming team to speak out against trans competition

"I just kind of want to say to the female athletes in Pennsylvania, don’t let anyone silence you. Speak up. Tell the NCAA your athletic directors and your coaches that you want fair competition, because doing this is nowhere near as scary as it seems. And the amount of support is overwhelming."

Female college athlete urges women on Penn swimming team to speak out against trans competition
James Anthony Montreal QC

Female college athlete Madison Kenyon, who runs for the Idaho State track and cross country team and has experienced competing against transgender athletes, went on-air to encourage other women to speak up and speak out about the issue.

Kenyon's comments come in the wake of another round of records being shattered by University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, a biological male and self-described transgender woman on the school's women's swimming team.

Fox News host Will Cain started the segment by asking Keynon:

"I should say that while Lia Thomas hasn’t had gender-affirming surgery, he did have a year’s worth of, I believe, hormonal treatment, which is what the NCAA requires in many situations. But Madison, it doesn’t change the biological fact that he’s a man. He went through puberty as a man, he has muscle structure, and everything through 22 years of his life as a man."

"And, Madison, you’ve competed against this exact situation in track you’ve competed against transgender athletes. Would you tell us—tell all of us watching right now: What is it like to go into a competition against a transgender athlete when you know, the outcome ahead of time?" Cain continued.

"Yeah, it’s extremely deflating," Kenyon told Cain, noting: "I’ve experienced it five times, and each time I lost to a biological male. And the fact that that’s still happening, that women are still losing to biological males, in their own sport shows why we need more female athletes to speak up about this."

"I just kind of want to say to the female athletes in Pennsylvania, don’t let anyone silence you. Speak up. Tell the NCAA your athletic directors and your coaches that you want fair competition, because doing this is nowhere near as scary as it seems. And the amount of support is overwhelming," Kenyon stated on Fox News.

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