Texas schools to allow girls to compete with boys, but not vice versa

Mack Beggs Legacy

Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs legacy, a story unwritten

 

Without using the word “transgender” the Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL) will vote Monday, Oct. 22nd on a proposed rule change fully allowing girls the option to participate on boys teams.

There is a public comment period on Sunday, a day before the vote.

The vote and the absurd wording of the amendment is in response to FTM transgender wrestler Mack Beggs total dominance last year in a high school girls’ division.

Mack Beggs was not allowed to wrestle boys due to the wording of the UIL rules which required him to participate with the team that matched the gender on his birth certificate.

Texas makes it very difficult to change or amend birth certificate gender markers.

Ignorance isn’t an excuse, UIL.

The proposed rule allows female to male(FTM) athletes the option to choose which gender he decides to compete with, leaving the door open for another instance of unfair competition.

The potential amendment to the Section 360 non-discrimination policy states: “Girls may try out for, and if selected, participate on any boys’ team regardless of the fact that there may be a girls’ team in the same sport.”

A line in the proposal also addresses wrestling — “girls may try out for and, if they are selected, wrestle on a boys’ wrestling team and wrestle boys”

However, the UIL won’t be considering Male to Female(MTF) rule changes.

The first bulleted item in the proposal states: “Member schools may not permit boys to try out for, or participate under the Junior High School or High School Athletic Plans designated for girls teams or in individual competitions designated for girls.”

Beggs said in an interview with Dallas News ‘Sports Day” that he didn’t know about the potential change and was pleased about an opportunity for progress. He knows of current transgender high school athletes and feels passing the proposal would offer them more freedom.

But, Beggs said, the current draft has a problem: It doesn’t accommodate transgender girls who want to compete against girls.

The first bulleted item in the proposal states: “Member schools may not permit boys to try out for, or participate under the Junior High School or High School Athletic Plans designated for girls teams or in individual competitions designated for girls.”

The proposal maintains that the UIL would determine gender by an athlete’s birth certificate and does not reference transgender participants.

The NCAA Policy on Transgender Student-Athlete Participation requires that Male to Female (MTF) athletes complete one full year of HRT before competing on female teams.

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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