As Twitchy reported over the weekend, FINA, the international swimming federation and ruling body for Olympic water sports, announced that “it is barring transgender women from competing in women’s competitions if they have gone through male puberty.” That’s bad news for Lia Thomas, who transitioned as a college student (and suddenly started winning competitions).

U.S. Women’s Soccer’s Megan Rapinoe talked to TIME about transgender bans in sports. She wants evidence that biological males have an unfair advantage in girls’ sports and doesn’t believe there is any. She also noted that this is about people’s lives; “We’re talking about people’s lives,” she said. “I’m sorry, your kid’s high school volleyball team just isn’t that important. It’s not more important than any one kid’s life.”

What if that high school volleyball team helps a girl get into college? What about scholarships?

Why isn’t U.S. Women’s Soccer doing more to attract trans athletes?


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