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Transgender Boy Wins Texas State Girls’ Wrestling Title

Transgender Boy Wins Texas State Girls’ Wrestling Title

“The victory was seen as equal parts unavoidable . . . and contentious”

Mack Beggs, a 17-year-old junior, began the transition from girl to boy two years ago; the transition includes supplements and shots of testosterone that some feel gave Beggs an advantage.  Beggs competed for and won a Texas state girls’ wrestling title.

The Washington Post reports:

Booed and bloody, Mack Beggs dropped to his knees to celebrate. He was, after four wins and two days and all the rest, a state champion.

In a 12-2 victory against Chelsea Sanchez in the 110-pound classification, Beggs ended a highly controversial and dramatic weekend by becoming the first transgender participant to win a Class 6A girls’ state championship in Texas high school wrestling.

“I just witnessed my sport change,” a longtime Texas wrestling coach said moments after Beggs, a 17-year-old junior at Trinity High in Euless whose transition from girl to boy began two years ago and now includes testosterone injections, won a championship. The victory was seen as equal parts unavoidable — quick and noticeably strong, he entered the tournament unbeaten in 52 matches against girls — and contentious. The University Interscholastic League, which oversees sports in Texas public schools, ordered Beggs to continue competing in the girls’ division despite heavy uproar and a lawsuit earlier this month in a Travis County district court.

Beggs had requested to wrestle against boys instead of girls, but this request was denied.

WasPo continues:

Two years ago, Mack Beggs began taking supplements to begin his physical transition. In the video, he predicted a complicated future regarding UIL rules but nonetheless declared that he wanted to go on participating in the sport he had fallen in love with. He began taking testosterone in 2015.

“Everything is great,” Beggs said in the video. “The message I’m trying to send, the overall universal message I would say to y’all is don’t give up and don’t give up on yourself, because you don’t know when you’ll find yourself.”

As time passed, attorney Baudhuin said, Beggs requested to wrestle against boys, though because UIL guidelines determine athletes’ gender based on their birth certificate, that request was declined (citing privacy, the UIL would not discuss that request or Beggs’s specific case); in a brief interview before the championship final, Nancy Beggs would not comment on whether her grandson hoped to eventually participate in the boys’ division.

Last year, coaches in the Dallas-Fort Worth area began hearing about changes in Beggs’s physique. He was strong and lean, and coaches noticed an unmistakable strength advantage that hadn’t been there even a year earlier.

A few coaches and parents became concerned their girls wouldn’t compete on equal terrain. Other coaches disagreed, more impressed by Beggs’s commitment to improvement and his mental preparation.

The situation is difficult, and the “sides” that have been drawn are themselves wrestling with questions of gender identity, supplements and testosterone in college sports, and University Interscholastic League (UIL) rules and state law.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

[I]n Texas, lawmakers are considering a bill similar to HB2, the North Carolina law that prompted the NBA to move this year’s All-Star Game out of that state. If passed, the Texas version, called SB6, would require transgender people to use the bathroom of their “biological sex.”

Attorney Jim Baudhuin tried and failed to get injunctions before both the district and regional meets to prevent Beggs from competing while he transitions because he is taking testosterone. Baudhuin, who is the parent of a wrestler at another school who has never faced Beggs, told The Associated Press earlier this week he doesn’t blame Beggs for the situation, but faults the UIL.

“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. “She’s being forced into that position. Who knows, through discovery we may find out that’s not the case. But every indication is, the way the winds are going now, the blame rests with the UIL and the superintendents.”

Despite criticism of the policy, UIL executives don’t envision a change.

“Ninety-five percent of the school superintendents in Texas voted for the rule as it was proposed, which was to use birth certificates,” Harrison said. “So any rule can be reconsidered, but … given the overwhelming support for that rule, I don’t expect it to change anytime soon.”

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So a girl juiced up on steroids out wrestled girls without the chemical advantages. Right?

Ludicrous.

Beggs is STILL physically a female. And, under UIL rules, she would have to wrestle against other biological females. The sticking point here is that under UIL rules an athlete, who is using steroids or testosterone, is still allowed to compete if the drugs are being administered under a doctor’s care. As the use of these performance enhancing drugs was for the purpose of transforming Beggs sex, the common sense approach to this whole issue would have been to deny Beggs the right to compete until her transformation to a male was complete, at which time she could compete against males, as was her desire as stated in the lawsuit filed on her behalf.

How glorious our society is becoming as we tear down the evil barriers that have restrained freedom since the beginning of our once-wretched country.

When they make the record books, just put a asterisk by his/her name, and move on.

Color me confused–kinda that is; not so transparently as the champion.

I must say that on reading the headline, I thought that the “transgendered boy” started life as a boy and then decided “wouldn’t it be great to win the girls’ wrestling title” and became a phenotypic girl.

Unless I am just a paleolithic throwback, late to the game and what is now common knowledge, I propose official additions to modern American English usage style manuals to clarify that the blank space in “transgendered [____]” refers to the “target sex,” not the original.

Texas screwed the pooch on this one.

“He” wanted to compete as a boy, where he would have been an average competitor. The board explicitly denied him that opportunity and created this messed up situation.

    BrokeGopher in reply to healthguyfsu. | February 26, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I would guess that testosterone treatments are illegal for competition in boys’ wrestling.

    Tom Servo in reply to healthguyfsu. | February 26, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Just to be fair, when you say “Texas”, I must point out that this was done by the UIL (University Interscholastic League) which is a really strange creation. It nominally answers to the University of Texas Board of Regents, but in actual practice it doesn’t answer to anyone at all, certainly not to the State Government.

    I think you see why this body stays at the center of a whole lot of problems.

      healthguyfsu in reply to Tom Servo. | February 26, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      “Texas” was a poor choice of words as you pointed out.

      The rest of the point stands.

      Yes “juicing” is banned, but in this particular case the amounts prescribed are designed to mimic boys hormonal rhythms of testosterone.

      “She” (or ze of whatever it wants to be called) wouldn’t have an unfair advantage, and I think that’s pretty common sense. In fact, having developed a body composition based on an estrogen-dominant hormonal rhythm for the vast majority of her growth years, she would have a physiological disadvantage that the hormones could not make up for.

I understand the conflict, but with the steroid supplements there is an unfair advantage in the girls class. Had she wrestled with the boys, we would not have heard about her (she would have long been eliminated).

Flexible money…. say one of the top ranked male PGA players decides he, this weekend, to identify as a female and cleans up all the big bucks in the LPGA tournaments.

Flexible anatomy… seven high school boys decide to identify as females and use the girls shower after PE class.

It is called reductio ad absurdum (or classic liberalism).

It’s a relief to see a ridiculous problem I really, really don’t have to worry about.

Great.
A boy beat up a bunch of girls, and got an award for it.

Things have sure changed since I was in school.

She’s a girl doped by psychos to simulate a boy competing as a girl.

The social liberals are targeting prepubescent children, adolescents, and young adults for transgender conversion therapy through physical corruption, psychological manipulation, and social control.

I wonder what else lurks in the twilight fringe.

You would think they would have stopped at selective-child and Planned Parenthood.

    healthguyfsu in reply to n.n. | February 26, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Or she could just be mentally ill and enabled by those with their own agenda, many of whom may also be mentally ill.

Oh the corruption that is progressive when first we establish Pro-Choice and deprecate The Hippocratic Oath.

For men and boys in sports, testosterone is “juice,” and it is illegal.

gotta get your participation trophy one way or an other.

2nd Ammendment Mother | February 26, 2017 at 3:12 pm

The big issue here is the performance enhancements provided by steroids and hormones which would get any other athlete and athletic program suspended for several years. Heck, we even drug test our animals going to livestock and equine events.

The secondary issue is scholarship money. That’s not small beans in Texas where a 5A Champion male or female is all but guaranteed a full ride at a top tier university. Once she’s got the medal in her pocket, what’s to stop her from changing her mind and continuing on as a girl for her “paid for” college career. Hopefully, the notariety the young lady (and she will always be female, in spite of the medical abuse she is subjecting her body to) has generated will make Texas Universities think twice before playing hot potato with the NCAA.

Just as a note about how serious Texas is.. I was at a high stakes Jrs Tournament last week where ANYTHING had had to be disclosed including Exedrine and Benedryl.

One of my concerns: why are we ‘transitioning’ children?

If the young person in question wants to transition, yadda-yadda, wait until 18. Or 21. Become more mature and more certain of what you’re doing. This young person apparently started the ‘transition’ at age 15. I can’t imagine any young person having the maturity to understand what that means.

Transgender Boy
**********************
wrong.
damned wrong actually.
a girl taking testosterone won.
IOW a girl who was juiced up.
Lance Armstrong jealous….

I think the point here is that fear of LGBT activist backlash overruled common sense and decency.

What a joke.

Given this, Bruce Jenner could probably win another gold medal in 2018.

Why does a man who “identifies” as a woman get to use the women’s bathrooms, but a girl who identifies as a boy, can’t wrestle on the boys’ team? Seems like a double standard and unequal treatment between boy-girls and girl-boys.

“Mack” is not a boy…..she’s a girl taking steroids. Period. Enough with playing into this bullsht

I, for one, welcome the end of all women’s sports now that men and those being treated to become “men” are allowed to compete. No unaltered genetic woman will win any sport when this becomes wide spread as the Left gets its way. Again.

Also like the hypocrisy on display: She’s a boy until it is to her advantage to be a girl.

Comes down to this: We all make choices. The choice here is: does she want the transformation now (which should be illegal,as she is not of age to make independent decisions) ir does she want to wrestle?

You can’t have it all.

There is a new disease that has appeared since 2006 – Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria.

Unlike previous transgender people, whose gender dysphoria stretches back to early childhood and who are equally divided between boys and girls, almost all of these rapid onset trans kids are teenaged girls wanting to become boys. Almost all of these girls have clinical depression or are on the autism spectrum and they all spend a lot of time online.

Parents of these troubled girls are getting zero support from mental health professionals, who are rushing to “support” these trans boys (in reality struggling girls) and are instead validating their new identity as “brave”. It is a nightmare because nobody will help:

https://4thwavenow.com/
https://youthtranscriticalprofessionals.org/

Ok, so is this person a male or female? Is he XY or XX? Using their ‘chosen’ pronoun leads to nothing but confusion.

No one should be afraid of the truth and truth is you cannot change your sex. Maybe in the future but not now. So unless he’s got an XY he’s not a male and should not be referred to as such.

On the other hand if this person has XX then we are simply doing her a disservice by feeding her delusion. Either way this is lunacy.

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