Texas high school wrestler Mack Beggs was the Grand Marshal of the San Antonio LGBT Pride parade on Saturday. He's an 18-year old transgender male student and was forced to wrestle in the girls division if he wanted to compete. Beggs case was a hard one to watch as school officials did not know what to do. The solution was pretty obvious to us all. Let him play. And he did, winning the state title this past spring.
Beggs has just begun his fight for acceptance in sports, but we are all so very proud. San Antonio apparently was, too. “I'm just super excited about it and I'm honored,” Beggs, 18, told Outsports.
Mack will not be the only one honored at the parade as he will be co-grand marshal along with Joe Maldanado, an New Jersey 8-year-old transgender boy who had his ban from being a Boy Scout reversed.
As for the ripples Beggs created ... some Texas politicians are looking to pass legislation that could prevent Beggs from wrestling in high school, period where as Texas athletic officials are discussing changing rules across all sports to allow competitors to participate in the gender class with which they identify. Both scenarios have not moved forward as of yet.
Gavin Grimm was also recently recognized for his bravery and stregnth during his fight for justice and equality. He was honored Wednesday by the DOJ Pride, consisting of LGBT members of the Justice Department, the same department that undercut his landmark case before it could be heard by the Supreme Court. Grimm was suing the board of his eastern Virginia high school to be able to use the boys' bathroom. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at the time that the transgender bathroom access issue is best left for states to decide.
Gavin was honored for his "outstanding contributions to the LGBT community." Department attorneys and employees lined up to hug him and offer congratulations and thanks.
"Given that today's administration is largely hostile to LGBT people and especially dangerous to LGBT youth, the gravity of receiving an award from DOJ itself, specifically the pride alliance within it, is not lost on me at all," Grimm told The Associated Press after the ceremony, which reporters were forced to leave. "It's beautifully symbolic of the fact that there are still people working for equality in every corner of the world, and they will continue to do so no matter what happens."
"There are good people in the DOJ, they've always been here, and always will be here, no matter what kind of administration comes above them," Grimm said.
It's great to see that there are people that are stepping up to honor our youth, our powerful representatives that are putting their lives out there for all of us to see, criticize, and praise.
Bravo San Antonio and bravo DOJ Pride.