Update Feb. 24, 11pmET: Mack Beggs is a two-time Texas state champion in wrestling. And a bunch of jerks are not very pleased.
Beggs won everything according to the rules, fair and square. Yet people unhappy that Beggs is transgender booed him for winning a girls state wrestling championship in Texas. Beggs wants to wrestle boys. The boys want him to wrestle boys. The girls want him to wrestle boys. But the bigoted anti-trans law- and policy-makers want to punish him for being transgender, so they... punish everyone for Beggs being transgender, forcing him to wrestle girls.
This is the end of Beggs’ high school career. Headed to college, he will be governed by the much more fair and equal NCAA rules that will allow him to wrestle other young men.
Update Feb. 24, 9amET: Mack Beggs faces Kayla Fitts of Cypress Ranch on Saturday. Fitts is 52-0 this season and told the Dallas Morning News, “I want to take that undefeated title away. That’s mine.” Beggs is also undefeated.
A year ago high school wrestler Mack Beggs won a Texas state title in girls wrestling with an undefeated season. This year he’s undefeated again, still wrestling the girls because of the backward policies of the state of Texas.
You see, the powers that be in Texas don’t want transgender kids to live the lives they want to live, so they have to punish them somehow. Beggs is a transgender boy wanting to wrestle boys, but state law mandates he wrestles girls because 1) he was assigned female at birth and 2) the state doesn’t want to recognize that trans people exist.
This weekend he’ll again take aim at a Texas girls wrestling title.
After that, according to the Dallas Morning News, he’s hoping for gender-reassignment surgery and possibly even men’s college wrestling. He apparently has an offer, and the NCAA isn’t as backward as the people who make anti-trans laws in Texas.
Beggs told the Morning News that he isn’t going to let anyone else’s bigotry hold him back.
“People don’t realize that what happened during state, that was really, honestly, nothing,” Beggs said. “That didn’t stop me from competing. That didn’t stop me from being who I was. It sure as hell didn’t stop me from doing what I wanted to do in the past, and it won’t stop me from what I want to do in the future.”
If you’re confused at all about how you feel about this story, here’s a really easy test. Watch this video. Do you see a boy? So does he. And so do other wrestlers. They all want him wrestling the boys. But lawmakers in Texas mandate that he’s a girl.
You now know all you need to know.