Transgender wrestler's state bid spotlights Texas policy

Beggs himself lobbied (unsuccessfully) to compete with the boys but Texas rules dictate that an athlete competes against whichever gender is on their birth certificate. A spokesman for an LGBT group in Texas told Reuters that the state's rules should be updated "so that guys like Mack can wrestle with their peers, which would be on the boys' team". The display was met by a few boos, but seemed to be less than what occurred during Beggs' quarterfinal match on Friday. It's too late for that process to affect Beggs' senior season, and the odds are against it in a state that is considering legislation that would require people to use the bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificates.

Beggs said of the win: "I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for my teammates".

Overstreet is like other parents who were upset Friday night in the moments after Beggs's opening-round victory.

In the lawsuit against the UIL, it claims allowing Beggs to compete puts other girls at an "imminent threat of bodily harm". Beggs, who began treatments in October 2015, finished the season with a 56-0 record, and one parent thinks she knows why.

His absolute dominance in the female league has prompted some backlash in the Dallas community - Attorney Jim Baudhuin unsuccessfully sought an injunction prior to the district and regional meets to stop Beggs from wrestling during his transition.




Beggs is transitioning from female to male and wants to wrestle boys according to his grandmother, but UIL rules won't let him. Beggs' opponent in the final, Madeline Rocha, chose to forfeit the final match rather than participate. "When you're using a drug and you're 10 times stronger than the person you're wrestling because of that drug that (shouldn't be) allowed". We just want to WRESTLE.

Amanda McCune, the spokeswoman for Rocha's school district, said the decision was made by Rocha and her family.

The UIL has a policy that allows banned substances for medical reasons. "Because I would not be here without them". "She's being forced into that position".

"To compete at this year's wrestling state tournament all students are subject to UIL rules and state law".

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