Mack Beggs: Transgender Wrestler Booed After 2nd State Title Win

Mack Beggs

His steroid therapy treatment while wrestling against girls set off a debate about transgender rights and competitive fairness a year ago.

"You put me in front of anybody and I'll wrestle them", Beggs said. However, he is legally required to compete as the gender on his birth certificate.

Beggs is a transgender male who has been legally taking testosterone since his freshman year of high school, but Texas' University Interscholastic league rules dictate that athletes must "compete in the gender division that corresponds to their birth certificates". It's been a lot quieter since previous year when his march to a state championship was dogged by a last-minute lawsuit that tried to stop him.

"It definitely felt different", he told The Dallas Morning News about winning on Saturday. That didn't stop me from being who I was.

Beggs, an 18-year-old from Euless Trinity High, was met with a wave of cheers and boos at the end of his final match against Chelsea Sanchez of Katy Morton Ranch on Saturday.

Beggs refused interviews after her state-championship win.

UIL has said publicly they never received an official request from Beggs asking to wrestle boys instead of girls. The girls he [she] wrestles with, they are tough.

Texas public high school policy dictates that students must compete under the gender that they were defined as at birequestedAs part of his transition, Beggs has started a low-dose of testosterone. "People think Mack has been beating up on girls".

Many parents have been outraged to see their daughters wrestling someone who, effectively, has the strength of a young man.

"Or if you want to do it, you can quit the sport".

The solitude allowed him to concentrate on the task ahead and perhaps shield him from attacks on social media and occasional insults from the stands - or even other wrestling mats - during meets. One mother told reporters that she was concerned about Beggs' steroid use.

It was done to help schools determine competition, said Jamie Harrison, the UIL's deputy director.

On Twitter, many commentators are saying it is unfair for an athlete who is taking testosterone to be competing in the female competition.

Beggs wants to wrestle in the NCAA and is entertaining a scholarship offer from an out of state school. "Beggs and his family have repeatedly said he [she] wants to compete against boys".

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