When University of Pennsylvania transgender swimmer Lia Thomas won the 500-yard freestyle event at the 2022 NCAA Division I Womenâ€™s Swimming Championship, she made history as theÂ first known transgender athleteÂ to win an NCAA Division I national championship in any sport.
But what could have been seen as a milestone for transgender athletes and the LGBTQ+ community was quickly surrounded in controversy. Following her win,Â this photoÂ quickly went viral online, which many claimed to show the second, third and fourth place swimmers protesting against Thomasâ€™ inclusion in the competition.Â
But is that really the case? Hereâ€™s how we fact-checked it.See Poynter
Viral Photo Does Not Show Opponents Protesting Transgender Swimmer Lia Thomas | Poynter