Texas teenager and high school wrestler Mack Beggs is making waves as he declares his gender identity while competing against athletes of his gender at birth.
Beggs, 17, is receiving testosterone treatment as he transitions from female to male. The teenager from Trinity High School in Euless, Texas, won the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Class 6A Region II 110-pound girls wrestling title to advance to the state tournament. But it didn’t happen under the normal circumstances one would expect to win a championship.
Controversy ensued when Beggs’ opponent, Coppell High School’s Madeline Rocha, forfeited the match due to an impending lawsuit that was filed against UIL by a Coppell attorney and a parent on the wrestling team, Jim Baudhuin. Baudhuin submitted it 11 days before the regional final, alleging a risk of ” imminent threat of bodily harm” because Beggs is using testosterone. He wanted the UIL to suspend Beggs.
Baudhuin told the Dallas Morning News it has nothing to do with Beggs being a transgender male even though it seemingly has everything to do with it. Baudhuin’s daughter isn’t in the same weight class as Beggs and they would not have had to go up against one another.
“I respect [Beggs’ situation] completely, and I think the coaches do,” Baudin told the Dallas Morning News. “All we’re saying is she is taking something that gives her an unfair advantage. It’s documented. It’s universal that it’s an unfair advantage.”
Beggs would like to wrestle boys instead of girls, but UIL regulations state teens have to compete against the gender that is on your birth certificate.
Beggs hasn’t commented on the lawsuit or winning the title but a family member came out in support of her grandchild. She said the day was a step back in society.
“Today was not about their students winning,” Beggs’ grandmother Nancy told the Morning News. “Today was about bias, hatred and ignorance. [Mack Beggs and wrestlers from the Coppell team] have wrestled each other before, they know each other and they were not happy with this.”
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