Mack Beggs from Euless Trinity High School in Dallas has won a girls wrestling regional championship, marking an undefeated streak. The only thing is, she’s no longer a girl.
Beggs is currently undergoing hormone therapy to transition from female to male, giving him an edge in the competition. Such an edge, it seems, that others refuse to wrestle with him. He won his final match because his would-be competitor Madeline Rocha forfeited the match.
Transgender people taking part in sports often leads to disadvantages. In an opposite example, transgender woman Fallon Fox competed in the female league for mixed martial arts, leading to her opponent suffering concussion.
A number of parents of the girls beaten by Beggs have filed lawsuits against the University Interscholastic League, claiming the use of steroids gave him an unfair advantage. But chemical aids are permitted, as long as they’re prescribed by a medical professional.
Perhaps the only fair thing would be to allow Beggs to compete against other males, but this is prohibited by UIL rules.
One policy states student-athletes must compete as the gender listed on their birth certificate. Another specifically prohibits boys from wrestling girls and vice versa.
To be legally recognized as their preferred gender, transgender people are required to change their birth certificate, among other things. Maybe if Beggs had done this before the league started, these problems wouldn’t have arisen. And maybe he’d have won the bronze prize.