Transgender Texas wrestler booed upon 2nd straight high school title win (VIDEO)
Mack Beggs won the girls’ Class 6A 110lb division for the second year in a row at the weekend, prompting a crescendo of boos from the watching crowd, a reaction to Beggs’ controversial situation stemming from the 18-year-old’s ongoing transition from female to male.
End of Mack Beggs title match was chaos. Had huge lead, nearly got pinned, then came the crescendo of cheers/boos. pic.twitter.com/FrLixVsTAj— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) February 24, 2018
Beggs, who is currently taking a low dose of testosterone, has previously asked the school to wrestle against boys but Texas public high schools rules dictate that wrestlers compete under the gender on their birth certificate.
A video posted on social media showed cheers among the boos after Beggs was announced victorious over the same opponent the wrestler beat in the 2017 final. Last year’s win was clouded by an eleventh-hour lawsuit that attempted to stop Beggs from competing altogether.
Beggs entered this year’s championships with a perfect 32-0 record and beat three wrestlers on the way to winning the championship, with one forfeit from a wrestler who feared injury. Last season, Beggs had two forfeits from wrestlers who harbored the same reservations.
However, the junior athlete’s mother, Angela McNaw, says it was skill rather than strength which played the biggest part in the two title victories.
“He has so much respect for all the girls he wrestles,” said McNew, AP reported. “People think Mack has been beating up on girls… The girls he wrestles with, they are tough. It has more to do with skill and discipline than strength.”
Beggs told local newspaper Dallas Metro: “That (the criticism) 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.”
The reaction to Beggs’ win has polarized opinion on social media almost as much as the issue of the wrestler’s participation amongst girls. Some defended Beggs, while others questioned the fairness of allowing an athlete to wrestle while undergoing hormone treatment.
Mack Beggs aka an athlete on steroids won title of state champ AGAIN tonight. @uiltexas something needs to change?— Kalie Meyer (@kaliemeyer12) February 24, 2018
LET MACK BEGGS WRESTLE BOYS. STOP MISGENDERING HIM. #transgenderrightsarehumanrights— GAYmer trans (@my_trans_voice) February 25, 2018
Elevated testosterone is a disqualifier in Int’l women’s competition, whether natural or via doping. Saying transitioning doesn’t change unfairness others competing. https://t.co/TuyAcEaTrD via @washtimes— Heather R. Higgins (@TheHRH) February 25, 2018
Conservatives: Mack Beggs should compete with men— Thorne 🌸 (@ExistentialEnso) February 26, 2018
The Trans Community: Yeah, that's the point, you ignorant fool 🙄