Transgender male high school wrestler wins Texas girls title amid controversy

Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs is booed after second straight state title win | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Powered by taking doses of testosterone during her "transition" from female to male, the undefeated self-proclaimed "transgender boy", 18-year-old senior "Mack" Beggs, won her second Texas' girl's Class 6A 110-pound division title Saturday. First off, well done!

"His steroid therapy treatments last season sparked a fiery debate about fairness and transgender rights", TheBlaze reported. But absent a change to the policies, his only option to continue his wrestling career was to compete against girls instead, a fact which he discussed with the Dallas Morning News.

"It sure as hell didn't stop me from doing what I wanted to do in the past, and it won't stop me from what I want to do in the future", Beggs said.

He wanted to be allowed to wrestle against other high school boys, the gender with which he identifies.

"He has so much respect for all the girls he wrestles", his mother Angela McNew said. Beggs's public criticism began when a female wrestler's father filed a lawsuit in 2017 in an attempt to prevent Beggs from competing against other girls, alleging her artificially elevated testosterone levels are unfair. "It has more to do with skill and discipline than strength".

After the video appeared online, fans have come to support Beggs via the medium of Twitter.

In the past, Beggs has publicly said he would love to wrestle boys-and would do so, if not for the state athletic policy.




"But what can I tell people?"

He won two of his matches Friday by pinfall and will wrestle in the semifinals Saturday morning. The University Interscholastic League requires student-athletes to participate under the sex noted on their birth certificate.

Beggs was born a girl. It's been a lot quieter since past year when his march to a state championship was soured by a last-minute lawsuit that tried to stop him.

"The UIL is not in the gender-determining business and schools don't want to be either", UIL deputy director Jamey Harrison told the Associated Press.

Beggs defeated Chelsea Sanchez of Katy Morton Ranch High School.

Even though UIL's rules strictly prohibit the illegal use of steroids, LGBT politics has worked its agenda into the medical field so that state officials over high school sports now accommodate transgenders and reward them special privileges by giving them an exception.

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