Cypress, Texas (CNN)- High school wrestler Mack Beggs walked out of the Texas sports complex with a smile on his face and a gold medal dangling from his neck. He had just won the University Interscholastic League (UIL) state girls' championship, making him the league's first transgender boy to win a state wrestling title.
Beggs, a junior at Trinity High School in Euless, Texas, was born female and currently is transitioning to male. Despite the fact that he identifies as a boy, the league allows him to wrestle only against girls.
"Honestly, I didn't even care about the boos," he told CNN. "This is what I worked for. It finally paid off,"
Needless to say there are skeptics - lots of skeptics. And I’m not one of them.
There are few things in this world that get me more excited than reading about somebody who can effectively ignore the opinions of the public; because fuck the public, the public sucks. According to his Facebook, Mack Beggs begun the process of transitioning into a male in 2015. With less than two years experience, this kid is a bigger man than 98% of the males I know.
While Beggs has said he'd prefer to be wrestling men, he's been restricted by state policies to wrestle against women - the result, 56-0.
This is deep-south Texas.
Lethal injection, Texas.
Apposed to same-sex marriage, Texas.
While I can't imagine Texans reacting to the gender-switch in itself with open-arms, the fact that Beggs is mopping the floor with these people's daughters probably has them in a state of hysteria right now.
Within the general discussion of transgenderism my stance is who really gives a fuck? My relationship with the bible is about as close-knit as Hilary and Bill Clinton's marriage so when I think long and hard about a reason to give a shit, I draw a long and hard blank.
Within the discussion of transgenderism in sports, the debate gets a little more complex and technical. However, when you give CNN a quote such as, "Honestly, I didn't even care about the boos, This is what I worked for. It finally paid off," I've got your back. That's phenomenal villain work right there, and by no means an easy accomplishment. The Beggs family should be very proud.
Switching genders and then proceeding to demoralize the gender you used to belong to on the wrestling mats...
Villain Grade: A
(A villain is not judged on how villainized they are by the public, but how effective they are at disregarding those opinions, and embracing their role as a bad guy)
Kobe Bryant A+
Charlie Sheen B+
Jesse Ventura C-
Donald Trump D
Curt Schilling F