Published: Thu, March 01, 2018
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Transgender boy wins girls' state wrestling title for second consecutive year

Transgender boy wins girls' state wrestling title for second consecutive year

The transgender teenager from the Dallas suburb of Euless has been transitioning from girl to boy for several years.

However, he is legally required to compete as the gender on his birth certificate.

A transgender high school wrestler in Texas once again won a state title over the weekend and once again his victory brought a mix of cheers and jeers. He is allowed to take the testosterone, even though State and UIL rules prohibit their use by high school athletes, because they are "dispensed, prescribed, delivered and administered by a medical practitioner for a valid medical goal".

Beggs beat three female wrestlers en route to his state title, at least one of whom has said she doesn't think it's fair that Beggs gets to wrestle in the girls' division.

Boos rain down from the crowd as a muscular, tatted Beggs takes the title.

According to his grandmother, Beggs competed in male wrestling meet in Irving last summer and finished fourth.

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Cheers and boos greeted the judges' decision but it confirmed what everybody already knew about Mack Beggs: he is by far the best in his girls' wrestling weight class in Texas.

"I wanted to come out on top, and in my heart-I feel like a champion", Beggs said.

Beggs' family has repeatedly said he wants to wrestle boys.

"But what can I tell people? It has more to do with skill and discipline than strength". The birth certificate rule was approved in 2016 by the University Interscholastic League, the governing body for Texas high school sports. This year I wanted to prove a point that anyone can do anything. I can tell the state legislature to change the policy, but I can't tell them to change it right now.

Beggs defeated Chelsea Sanchez of Katy Morton Ranch High School. "It all comes down to technique and who has the most heart".

"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. The use of anabolic steroids (including testosterone), and erythropoietin or blood, confers an unfair athletic advantage to both men and women. According to the Los Angeles Times, a lawsuit also sought to stop Beggs from wrestling girls, but that was dismissed by a county judge. "I've worked too hard for that". No matter who you put in front of me, I feel like a champion no matter what.

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