Transgender teen wrestler forced to compete in girls’ championship
A 17-year-old transgender teen is being forced to compete against girls because of a policy from the Texas governing policy for athletics requiring students to compete against the gender listed on their birth certificates. The 17-year old was born female, but is transitioning to male with the aid of testosterone therapy. 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. As for the hormone use, the state policy allows Beggs to compete because he’s changing genders under the care of a doctor. In a previous tournament, two of Beggs’ opponents forfeited rather than fight.