Transgender Euless Trinity wrestler wins his first match at girls state tournament
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Feb 27, 2017,
Feb 27, 2017, 0:54
Mack Beggs is a 17-year-old junior now transitioning from female to male, but University Interscholastic League, the governing body of Texas sports, requires students to compete as the gender on their birth certificate.
Beggs said of the win: "I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for my teammates".
And Beggs would compete against other boys, in fact he requested special permission to do so - but it's against the rules. The UIL oversees all athletics in Texas public schools.
Beggs advanced to Saturday's 10:30 a.m. semifinal against area rival Kailyn Clay of Grand Prairie.
'The more I learn about this, the more I realize that she's just trying to live her life and her family is, too, ' Baudhuin said. The display was met by a few boos, but seemed to be less than what occurred during Beggs' quarterfinal match on Friday. "She's being forced into that position".
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Prior to winning the tournament, Beggs faced action from parents who wanted to ban him from the sport. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important. According to UIL rules, which were decided in a vote one year ago among school superintendents and athletic directors, athletes must compete under the gender on their birth certificates. The result is a Catch-22 in which a girl becoming a boy gets to compete against the former while enjoying some of the benefits of being the latter. To me, this is a complete abject failure of leadership and accountability from the people who regulate sports in Texas.
"We were disappointed at the UIL initially because starting about a year ago, clients of mine started sending information, online posts this athlete was posting, videos and photos of herself getting testosterone injections", Baudhuin said.
Beggs' progression toward a state wrestling title certainly comes at an intriguing time, following a week when the Trump administration announced the end of federal protections that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms based on their gender identity.
The UIL's Harrison, though, does not anticipate the policy being changed.