Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs identifies as a male. He just won the Texas state girls title. - The Washington Post

Did anyone else notice this in the news as we finished up our Masters Tournaments in CA this weekend? I could help but notice a couple of articles on the subject from major news outlets like the Washington Post. 

Highlights from the article:

“The University Interscholastic League, which oversees sports in Texas public schools, ordered Beggs to continue competing in the girls’ division despite heavy uproar and a lawsuit earlier this month in a Travis County district court.”

As time passed, attorney Baudhuin said, Beggs requested to wrestle against boys, though because UIL guidelines determine athletes’ gender based on their birth certificate, that request was declined (citing privacy, the UIL would not discuss that request or Beggs’s specific case); in a brief interview before the championship final, Nancy Beggs would not comment on whether her grandson hoped to eventually participate in the boys’ division.

From reading this article, and several others, it sounds like the UIL (which is the Texas version of CIF) has basically forced this transgender boy to compete against girls. The Washington Post article only hints at this, and from all the press it sounds like the schools are basically silencing anyone involved due to the pending lawsuits but that is the assumption I am going to make with the information I have. So, without over politicizing this complicated issue, which is difficult, I think that there is a single huge issue with this. NO KIDS ARE SERVED BY THE UIL DECISION!!! The decision seems to solely be based on a "moral"/political stance and literally hurts every student involved in the situation. The Washington Post article draws comparisons to the bathroom issue and Trump pulling protections from transgendered students but I don't think this is that complicated. If Mack competes as a boy, no one claims there is "cheating" going on, the only thing that can be hurt is feelings over perceived "morals"/politics. It does not effect results.

Instead we have parental quotes like this,  

She’s standing there holding her head high like she’s the winner,” said Patti Overstreet, a mother of a wrestler in the boys’ division. “She’s not winning. She’s cheating.

This quote is simply sad. The UIL, instead of administering the situation for what was best for student athletes, they took the easy way out politically. Instead of worrying about kids they worried about politics and a perceived value system that literally is beyond their scope. When will we see the leaders of athletics step forward, be progressive, and start to use athletics for what it could be, a benefit for students, a benefit for communities, and a benefit for the character of our country because with decisions like this we will always be extra-curricular rather than co-curricular.