Meet Mack Beggs. He’s a transgender 17 year-old wrestler from Trinity High School in Euless, Texas who just won a competition in his wrestling league. What’s the problem here? He was forced to compete in the girls’ division because University Interscholastic League rules demand that Beggs does so because his birth certificate lists him as female.
The mess doesn’t stop there: Beggs has been taking steroids as a part of his gender affirmation since late 2015, improving his physical strength in the process. As a result, Jim Baudhuin, a lawyer and local parent, has gone so far as to file a lawsuit against UIL, claiming “imminent threat of bodily harm” against the girls in the 110 pound league that Beggs competed against.
Baudhuin claimed that Beggs had hurt girls he was competing against due to his stature. He told the Daily Mail, “I know this kid, I like her. Believe me, I’d like to help her however I can,” misgendering Beggs. Reportedly, two female wrestlers forfeited their scheduled matches against Beggs.
Nancy Beggs, Mack’s grandmother and guardian, was not pleased with the UIL’s decision.
“Today was not about their students winning,” Beggs stated to SportsDay, “Today was about bias, hatred and ignorance. These kids have wrestled each other before, they know each other and they were not happy with this.”
Congratulations are in order for Beggs’ win in the competition, but it is wholly unfair that he is being made to compete in a division that he so clearly does not belong in. Thankfully, Beggs is not taking the UIL’s verdict lying down. He made a fiery statement on his Facebook page, condemning the discrimination he’s faced by authority figures around him:
“The thing is, we want to wrestle each other. I feel so sick and disgusted by the discrimination not by the kids, the PARENTS AND COACHES. These kids don’t care who you put in front of them to wrestle. We just want to WRESTLE.”