Published: Mon, February 27, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Transgender wrestler's state bid spotlights Texas policy

Transgender wrestler's state bid spotlights Texas policy

Beggs has said he'd rather compete against boys, but because his birth certificate says he's a female, he has no choice but to wrestle in the girl's tournament.

The White House reported that the administration is working on a new policy to replace the executive order.

But no matter the outcome of Friday's championship match, the situation is a lose-lose for Beggs, who has been forced to compete in a league at odds with his gender identity.

A mixture of cheers and boos rang in the arena as the referee declared the undefeated Beggs the victor over Chelsea Sanchez in the 110-pound weight class. Beggs told a Dallas newspaper he'd compete against boys if he could, but state rules won't allow it. Texas is one of a handful of states that has separate boys and girls wrestling competitions - and has thousands of participants. Earlier this week, an attorney filed a lawsuit against the league to keep Beggs from wrestling against girls, which he says is unsafe and unfair for the other wrestlers, according to Fox4.

This had led to a parent of a girl trying to block him competing by filing a lawsuit.

Under NCAA rules, athletes transitioning from female to male are allowed to compete on men's teams while taking testosterone, but can't compete on women's teams.

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A year ago, superintendents and athletic directors voted overwhelmingly to require Texas public school officials to use a birth certificate to determine an athlete's gender, with transgender advocates warning that such requirements would violate the UIL's constitution and federal Title IX laws. "When you're using a drug and you're 10 times stronger than the person you're wrestling because of that drug that (shouldn't be) allowed". Beggs won multiple matches in the preceding tournament because some of the wrestlers forfeit due to belief Beggs had a physical advantage having taken the steroids.

"The thing is we want to wrestle each other. Because I would not be here without them".

"To compete at this year's wrestling state tournament all students are subject to UIL rules and state law".

"Look at how beefed up she is", Overstreet said to the AP.

The UIL says the rule on enhancement drugs do not apply to students who are prescribed drugs for medical reasons.

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