Mack Beggs, a 17-year-old from Euless, Texas, has caused somewhat of a stir on the high school wrestling scene, not only because of steroid use, but also for which gender category to compete in. Yes, Mack is transgender and there are some parents that aren’t happy with the whole situation.
Beggs has been transitioning from female to male since 2015 and as a result has been on steroids during that period, however, University Interscholastic League rules state he must compete as the gender listed on his birth certificate, despite the fact that Beggs wants to compete against males.
The league doesn’t allow students to compete against the opposite sex, so he has no choice but to stay in the girls category.
The league also bans the use of performance enhancing drugs, but makes an exception for steroids prescribed by a doctor. Parents at the school are claiming it is unsafe for Beggs to compete in the girls category.
One girl he was scheduled to wrestle forfeited recently, not just fearing for her safety, but also because she believes that Beggs gets an unfair advantage due to the steroids he uses for gender transitioning, despite the fact that the pair have previously competed against each other.
It has now reached to the point where one parent has filed a lawsuit against the league, claiming that girls wrestling Beggs in the 110-pound weight class are being placed in the ‘imminent threat of bodily harm,’ a valid point considering the fact that it is unclear how much he weighs or how much his body has changed since he began taking steroids.
Beggs claims that the girls in his weight class are comfortable wrestling him and took to social media to vent his frustration, posting “the thing is, we want to wrestle each other. I feel so sick and disgusted by the discrimination not by the kids, [but] the parents and coaches.” He continued, explaining “these kids don’t care who you put in front of them to wrestle. We just want to wrestle. They are taking that away from me and from the people I’m competing with.”