Matt Beggs, a transitioning (female to male) transgender wrestler is facing criticism for winning the girl's championship for the University Interscholastic League (UIL) wrestling tournament. The gag is, he wanted to wrestle boys but the league wouldn't let him!
Last year, the majority of the superintendents voted to require wrestlers to wrestle those of the same gender stated on their birth certificate. This gender identity dilemma is the cause of much controversy in America at the moment as various bathroom laws are being put into affect requiring those who are transgender to use bathrooms that equate to the gender on their birth certificate.
"The teenager's family and friends have told the media that Begg's would rather wrestle boys, if given the chance, a fact that even opponents of his high school wrestling career recognize.
'The more I learn about this, the more I realize that she's [sic] just trying to live her [sic] life and her [sic] family is, too', Attorney Jim Baudhuin, who filed an unsuccessful lawsuit to prevent Beggs from competing while taking testosterone, told the Associated Press."
Begg's, however, is keeping a positive mind as she responds to his critics. "I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for my teammates," he reportedly said. "That's honestly what the spotlight should have been on, is my teammates ... we trained hard every single day."