A transgender teenager is being widely criticized because he wrestled in a girl's competition. Though Texas law says he had no choice. Mack Beggs of Euless Trinity high school in Cypress, Texas, completed an undefeated season on the night of February 25 winning the championship. The match took place at the Berry Center in the Houston suburbs.
According to the Associated Press report on the event, "Beggs fell to his knees for a moment after the win as a mixture of cheers and boos rained down on him." The report adds that Beggs "hugged his coach and left the mat." As he posed with his fellow winners, Beggs did a dab in celebration.
According to posts on his Facebook page, Beggs began his transition from female to male in October 2015. Those updates indicate that the transition involved testosterone injections. He said in a video at the time, "Everything is great. 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."
Beggs' grandmother told the Dallas Morning News that the teenager "wants to compete against boys." The University Interscholastic League is the body behind forcing Mack to compete in the female division. UIL deputy director Jamey Harrison told the AP, "Nothing that has happened at this year’s wrestling championships has the UIL reconsidering its rules because quite frankly we don’t believe that any issues being reported on are really a product of UIL rules."
Here are the photos of Mack Beggs that you need to see, photos that go some way towards telling his incredible story: