While the state of Texas debates the “bathroom bill” issue in Austin, a teenage wrestler from Houston suburb, Cypress has been causing a stir. Competing as a girl, as per state University Interscholastic League rules, yet self-identifying as male, Mack Beggs is competed and won the state title in his weight range over the weekend. While competitors complain that hormones he takes give him an unfair advantage, he says he is merely complying with the law and would prefer to compete with the boys. In the meantime, his case may very likely serve as a test case with the public on the issues facing us as we consider how to accept transgendered citizens.
- What you should know about transgender wrestler competing in Houston (Houston Chronicle)
- Mack Beggs: ‘Change the laws and then watch me wrestle the boys’ (ESPN)
- Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs identifies as a male. He just won the Texas state girls title. (Washington Post)
- Hansen Unplugged: Transgender Euless Trinity wrestler (WFAA Dallas)