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Florida Gov proclaims cis swimmer “rightful winner” after she lost to trans athlete Lia Thomas

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Anti-LGBTQ Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has released a proclamation declaring University of Virginia swimmer Emma Weyant the “rightful winner” of the NCAA 500-yard women’s freestyle swimming championship after she lost to trans superstar Lia Thomas.

Weyant is originally from Sarasota, Florida, which is why DeSantis took it upon himself to make this transphobic proclamation. In it, he referred to Thomas as “a male identifying as a woman” and said trans women are responsible for “robbing women and girls of achievements, awards, and scholarships.”

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DeSantis also stated, “Florida rejects the NCAA’s efforts to destroy women’s athletics, disapproves of the NCAA elevating ideology over biology, and takes offense at the NCAA trying to make others complicit in a lie.”

Last week, Thomas, who swims for the University of Pennsylvania, became the first out transgender person to win an NCAA Division I national championship, four minutes, 33.24 seconds, she was 1.75 seconds ahead of Weyant.

Outside the arena, anti-trans protesters from a group called “Save Women’s Sports” chanted and held signs to oppose Thomas’s participation on the women’s team.

DeSantis has positioned himself as staunchly anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ. He has indicated he will soon sign Florida’s discriminatory “Don’t Say Gay” bill, and in a recent conspiratorial rant, he declared that Florida won’t allow anyone to “inject transgenderism into kindergarten.”

“First graders shouldn’t have woke gender ideology in their curriculums. And that’s what we’re standing for,” DeSantis said.

Last year, DeSantis signed an anti-trans sports bill into law on the first day of Pride month.

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