Monday, February 20, 2017

Against The Odds

Being a trans person in Texas is hard enough but being a trans wrestle in Texas is even harder.
Transgender teen wins regional wrestling title despite attempt to ban him from competing
Dallas News
By Michael Florek , Staff Writer
February 19, 2017

ALLEN -- The winning wrestler pulled a tearful runner-up next to him on the victory stand, and they exchanged a hug after a match that never took place.

Mack Beggs, a transgender 17-year-old at Euless Trinity, won the girls 110-pound championship at Saturday's Class 6A Region II wrestling meet after a Coppell wrestler forfeited the final. Beggs, a junior, is taking testosterone while transitioning from female to male.

Madeline Rocha's forfeit came 11 days after a lawsuit was filed against the University Interscholastic League by Coppell attorney and wrestling parent Jim Baudhuin, urging the governing body to suspend Beggs because of the use of the steroid. The suit claims that allowing the wrestler to compete while using testosterone exposes other athletes to "imminent threat of bodily harm." Baudhuin's daughter is not in the same weight class as Beggs.
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"Today was not about their students winning," said Nancy Beggs, Mack Beggs' grandmother and guardian. "Today was about bias, hatred and ignorance. (Mack Beggs and wrestlers from the Coppell team) have wrestled each other before, they know each other and they were not happy with this."
But…
Mack Beggs began taking testosterone treatments in October 2015, according to posts he made on social media. The three-time state qualifier identifies as male but must compete against girls because of two UIL rules. One policy states student-athletes must compete as the gender listed on their birth certificate. Another specifically prohibits boys from wrestling girls and vice versa.
So basically it is a crazy rule forcing us even with trans boys who  are taking “T” are forced to play on the girls team.
The Texas Education Code and UIL rules prevent steroid use, but the code has a "safe harbor" provision that allows a student to use steroids if they are "dispensed, prescribed, delivered and administered by a medical practitioner for a valid medical purpose.
The NCAA rules allows are,
NCAA Policy on Transgender Student-Athlete ParticipationThe following policies clarify participation of transgender student-athletes undergoing hormonal treatment for gender transition:
1. A trans male (FTM) student-athlete who has received a medical exception for treatment with testosterone for diagnosed Gender Identity Disorder or gender dysphoria and/or Transsexualism, for purposes of NCAA competition may compete on a men’s team, but is no longer eligible to compete on a  women’s team without changing that team status to a mixed team.
2. A trans female (MTF) student-athlete being treated with testosterone suppression medication for Gender Identity Disorder or gender dysphoria and/or Transsexualism, for the purposes of NCAA competition may continue to compete on a men’s team but may not compete on a women’s team without changing it to a mixed team status until completing one calendar year of testosterone suppression treatment.
So because of the state’s prejudice against trans people they create these nightmare rules that just don’t make sense and buck national policy.

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