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

Mack Beggs of Euless Trinity defeated Chelsea Sanchez of Morton Ranch to defend his Class 6A girls 110-pound title during the UIL State Wrestling Championships

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

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.

A wrestling parent filed a lawsuit previous year to block Beggs from wrestling girls, but the suit it was dismissed.

Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs has won his second title match.

While he hasn't made an official request, he has said he would prefer to compete against boys if allowed. The University Interscholastic League requires student-athletes to participate under the sex noted on their birth certificate. "I've been through too much (expletive) for anyone to put me down".

Mack Beggs is a person in a very unusual position. This year I wanted to prove a point that anyone can do anything.

"He has so much respect for all the girls he wrestles", said Beggs' mother, Angela McNew.

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"But what can I tell people?"

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. "All I can hope for is that they come to their [senses] and realize this is stupid and we should change the policies to conform to other people in my position".

Many parents have been outraged to see their daughters wrestling someone who, effectively, has the strength of a young man. To help with the process, Beggs underwent low-level shots of testosterone.

"If you're going to. transition to a male, then you should continue to take the roles of a male and compete as a male, because that's what you want to be", Gutierrez insisted at the 2017 championship, according to CNN - making gender an issue of choice, rather than a matter of one's actual biological birth traits.

Beggs wants to wrestle in the NCAA and is entertaining a scholarship offer from an out of state school.

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


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