Members of the Harvard swim team have apparently received a letter about transgender athlete Lia Thomas’ involvement in the sport, former college swimmer Riley Gaines tweeted Tuesday.

Gaines is now a champion for equality and justice in women’s sports and has spoken out against the NCAA, Thomas and many other organizations that allow biological men to compete in women’s sports.

Gaines learned of the letter, which reads: «The conversations and controversy surrounding Lia have been difficult to read. In particular, they focus on what is fair and what is ethical. Regardless of her personal stance, Lia has been incredibly transparent and complies with all NCAA rules.That’s a fact.Having seen [Schuyler Bailar]The transition firsthand, I can tell you that if it wasn’t for the support of the teams, I might not be here today. Life is more important than politics. While we’ll never tell you what to do or what to believe, it’s not in our team’s best interest to win a championship if we spend our collective energy getting angry or frustrated. Let the NCAA figure out your next steps. Let’s focus on our team. And if any media does reach out, please direct it to our Sports Media Office and ideally, refrain from commenting.»


University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, left, and Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines, pictured after finishing tied for fifth in the 200-meter freestyle final at the Pennsylvania Swimming and Diving Championships. the NCAA on March 18, 2022, at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta. (Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Gaines took to Twitter to share his «translation of the message they’re communicating.»

«Leave [me] divert her attention from the inherent feeling that something is wrong, asking her to focus on how great Lia has been. Let me emotionally blackmail you into accepting the mistreatment because otherwise you are complicit in a possible death. Trading your fair treatment for the benefit of another person (a man in this case) is justifiable cause. And the fair treatment of women is ‘just politics’ anyway,» Gaines wrote Tuesday. «While we won’t tell you what to do, we tell you it’s a bad choice to fight this. Let the men in charge of the NCAA decide your fate. Immerse your thoughts and feelings in something else to ignore the obvious injustice you are facing. Let other people decide if you are worthy of a fair competition without their input or voice. Oh, and finally don’t talk.»

Riley Gaines at CPAC

SEC champion swimmer Riley Gaines speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas on August 6, 2022. (Reuters/Go Nakamura)

Bailar, a former Harvard swimmer, is the first openly transgender Division I swimmer, having been born female but participating on the men’s team.

Thomas gained notoriety by winning the 2022 NCAA Division I Championship as a transgender woman, which started the conversation about having biological boys and men in women’s sports at all levels.

twenty two states have regulations on transgender women in girls/women’s sports. Last month, Alabama banned biological males from participating in women’s college sports.

«Look, if you’re a biological male, you’re not going to compete in women’s and women’s sports in Alabama. This is about fairness, plain and simple,» Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement at the time.

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Transgender athlete Lia Thomas looks on after winning the women’s 500-yard freestyle during the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the McAuley Aquatic Center on March 17, 2022 in Atlanta. (Mike Comer/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)


Previously, the state had regulations for K-12 children.

Harvard did not respond to a request for comment.