Transgender male high school wrestler wins Texas girls title amid controversy

Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs is booed after second straight state title win | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The crux of the conflict-in addition to the stigma and bigotry that transgender people face throughout the world, and often specifically in athletics―is that Beggs has now twice won wrestling championships competing against high school girls, despite identifying as male and reportedly taking a low dose of testosterone to facilitate his transition.

"Beggs is a girl wrestler doping testosterone", she said.

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

Beggs had asked to wrestle in the boys' division, but the rules for Texas public high schools require athletes to compete under the gender on their birth certificate.

Under Texas law, athletes are required to compete against other athletes who have the same gender on their birth certificates.

You can do that after high school.

[Texas policymakers] should change the laws and then watch me wrestle the boys.

Avoiding much of the anticipated backlash for receiving special treatment and being allowed to take performance-altering drugs was part of the controversial high school wrestler's plan this year.

"Last season, two of Beggs' competitors forfeited their meets because they feared being injured", Webster noted.

Parents are reportedly concerned about the safety risk of their children competing with an athlete on steroids, with more than one opponent forfeiting against Beggs.

Beggs also told the Morning News that he knows he's a champion and that he worked tirelessly to achieve his consecutive state titles. It transformed his physical appearance and added muscle mass.

Last year, Beggs' first championship received mix responses from the crowd. "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?"

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

Beggs is now entertaining a scholarship offer at an out-of-state school.

Last year Beggs was the subject of a lawsuit surrounding his decision to continue to fight in female competitions, and it seems that the situation he is being placed in is unfair on both him and his competitors. It finally paid off.

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