Transgender Wrestler Allowed to Compete With Females Despite Being on Testosterone

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Saturday, Mack Beggs, a student at Euless Trinity high school in Euless, Texas, won the Class 6A Region II wrestling meet.

A story like this might not seem particularly newsworthy, except for the fact that Beggs is currently undergoing a female-to-male gender transition, and a critical component of that transition is the use of testosterone.

Beggs won the match when her opponent forfeited. She also won an earlier match via forfeiture. Two wrestling parents, Jim Baudhuin and Pratik Khandelwal, have filed a lawsuit asking the University Interscholastic League (UIL) to prohibit Beggs from competing because of her use of the steroid.

According to Sports Day:

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…Khandelwal’s daughter did not wrestle Beggs because they were in different weight classes this weekend.

However, steroid use is allowed under what’s known as a “safe harbor” provision. As long as the steroids are “dispensed, prescribed, delivered, and administered by a medical practitioner for a valid medical purpose,” wrestlers will not be disqualified.

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