His family has said he would rather be wrestling boys, but state policy calls for students to wrestle against the gender listed on their birth certificates. A spokesman for an LGBT group in Texas told Reuters that the state's rules should be updated "so that guys like Mack can wrestle with their peers, which would be on the boys' team".
The White House reported that the administration is working on a new policy to replace the executive order.
The University Interscholastic League, which governs school sports in Texas, said that the state's education code allows the use of a banned drug such as steroids if it "is prescribed by a medical practitioner for a valid medical goal". Before and after the match, Beggs received loud cheers from the crowd, followed by some boos. Parents of Beggs' competition aren't happy about the decision, and they're not shy about addressing it.
Transgender teenager Mack Beggs has won the Texas wrestling title after being forced to compete in the female category.
Beggs, a junior from Euless Trinity, beat Chelsea Sanchez 12-2 in their championship match to finish the season unbeaten at 56-0.
His story attracted attention last weekend when two female wrestlers forfeited in the regional finals, protesting that Beggs has a competitive advantage by receiving testosterone treatments as part of his transition to female to male.
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"Ninety-five percent of the school superintendents in Texas voted for the rule as it was proposed, which was to use birth certificates", UIL deputy director Jamey Harrison said.
"These kids don't care who you put in front of them to wrestle", Beggs wrote. We just want to WRESTLE. "THEY are taking that away from me and from the people I'm competing with".
"Look at how beefed up she is", Overstreet said to the AP.
"To compete at this year's wrestling state tournament all students are subject to UIL rules and state law".
Both UIL guidelines and the Texas Education Code forbid the use of steroids, but make an exception if they are "dispensed, prescribed, delivered and administered by a medical practitioner for a valid medical goal".