Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs wins second Texas girls' state championship
01 March, 2018, 06:29 | Author: Courtney Perry
The transgender teenager from the Dallas suburb of Euless has been transitioning from girl to boy for several years.
"You put me in front of anybody and I'll wrestle them", Beggs said.
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Reigning Texas High School State Wrestling Champion, Mack Beggs is back in Houston to defend his title this weekend.
"It definitely felt different", Beggs told the Dallas Morning News, describing her experience of winning her second title. Beggs heads into the State Tournament undefeated at 32-0 this season.
According to his grandmother, Beggs competed in male wrestling meet in Irving last summer and finished fourth. "People think Mack has been beating up on girls. I've been through too much (expletive) for anyone to put me down". Though the UIL has said publicly that it has never received an official request from Beggs or his school asking to wrestle boys.
Many parents have been outraged to see their daughters wrestling someone who, effectively, has the strength of a young man.
"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.
"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".
"But what can I tell people?"
There was plenty of outrage on social media over the unfair advantage Beggs has over the competition, and over the effect transgenders are having on women's sports.
Although steroid use by high school athletes is prohibited, Beggs's testosterone injections are allowed. "If you're going to talk down to someone that just wants to pursue a wresting dream, to pursue any dream in general, who are you to as a person to talk down to an 18-year-old that wants to succeed in life but can't do anything about it right now? That didn't stop me from being who I was", he said.
Emory University Department of Orthopedics assistant professor, Dr. Brandon Mines, agreed with several other parents at the match, maintaining that Beggs should compete with boys instead of girls. I put too much blood, sweat and tears, I put too much B.S. into this journey that I wanted to come out on top.
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