First Transgender Boy Wins Girls Wrestling Championship Gets Boos

 

Texas high school wrestler Mack Beggs was all smiles after winning his first University Interscholastic League state championship which made him the first transgender boy to win a girls' state wrestling title. 

"I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for my teammates," he told reporters shortly after his win on Saturday. "We trained hard every single day and that's what the spotlight should've been on -- not me."

Beggs, who is a junior at Trinity High School in Euless, Texas, was born a female and is going through the transition process.

"It is what I am," he told CNN. "I feel good about it. I feel happier. I feel content with myself."

Beggs began to identify as a male five years ago and started undergoing medical treatments in 2015 to complete  the physical transition.

The problem,  because he is taking male hormones that could unfairly give him an advantage, some parents are saying he should wrestle with the boys but despite the fact that he identifies as a boy, the league will only permit Beggs to wrestle with the girls. 

According to the University Interscholastic League, wrestlers are only allowed to compete against their own gender which is determined by a birth certificate. 

The league passed that law in early 2016 with 95% of the votes from school superintendents, according to the school. 


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