Should trans athletes be able to compete against the gender they identify with?
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Should trans athletes be able to compete against the gender they identify with?

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Mack Beggs, labeled as a female on his birth certificate but who identifies as a man, won his second straight Texas wrestling Class 6A girls championship. Many feel Beggs and other trans athletes shouldn't be allowed to compete against women if they're taking testosterone to transition to men. Still, the only reason he is competing against girls is a Texas rule forcing athletes to wrestle with the sex stated on their birth certificate. Activists say rule makers should allow trans athletes to compete against the gender they identify with. What do you think? 🤼

THE VOTES ARE IN!
#PlayYourBirthSex
53.9%
#AcceptTransAthletes
46.1%

If people feel they are a woman trapped in a man's body or vice versa, they have the right to do whatever it takes to make them feel whole. But don't bring it into sports where otherwise banned hormone therapy and disproportionate strength can make competition uneven.

Trans athletes making the transition from a woman to a man are prescribed testosterone, which can result in quicker muscle building and more strength. If a trans man is able to compete with women, he would have a competitive advantage that could not be overcome. It's better if trans athletes just compete against other trans athletes, rather than muddle the playing field.

People who were hoping for Mack Beggs to fail don't know his actual situation. Beggs was forced to compete against women because of an outdated rule that requires athletes to compete as the sex listed on their birth certificate. He would love to compete against boys, but can't because the state won't allow him. 

Trans athletes shouldn't have to sacrifice dreams of competing at the highest level because of a discriminatory rule. If he was allowed to compete with men like he wanted to, there would be no controversy. Regulators need to stop putting roadblocks up for these athletes and let them compete where they want.

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