Fact Check-Claim transgender athlete Lia Thomas wants to ‘transition back’ stems from satire

There is no evidence that transgender swimmer Lia Thomas said she wants to “transition back” – posts on social media quote an article published by satirical website Patriot Party Press.

“‘I’ve accomplished my goals’ - Lia Thomas wishes to transition back to male after feeling 'guilt'. But first he should give the award back he stole from a woman!!!,” reads a tweet sharing the claim (here).

The claim was circulated on Facebook as well (here), (here).

Reuters did not find any credible reporting that suggests Thomas ever made such a public statement.

The comments attributed to Thomas originated from a satirical website called Patriot Party Press (here). The website’s “About Us” page states that it is a “subsidiary of the ‘America’s Last Line of Defense’ network of parody, satire, and tomfoolery, or as Snopes called it before they lost their war on satire: Junk News.”

Thomas’ representatives did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for a comment.

Reuters has previously debunked claims that emerged from the same website (here), (here ).


False. Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas did not say she wishes to transition back to male; claim originated on a satirical website.

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