Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs urged Texans to speak out against proposed legislation that would bar trans people from using restrooms and other public facilities that best correspond with their gender identity in a new video.
The 17-year-old, who hails from Euless, Texas, recalled the first time he was able to use locker rooms and restrooms consistent with his gender identity in the above clip. “It was an acknowledgement of who I am and made me feel like I belonged on my team and in my school,” he said in the video, which was produced by Athlete Ally. “Transgender athletes aren’t cheating. We aren’t choosing. We belong.”
On Wednesday, Texas’s Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, who are both Republican, introduced two bills, SB3 and SB91, that would require citizens to use public restrooms that correspond with the gender specified on their birth certificate. Gov. Greg Abbott, also a Republican, has expressed support for the measures, though hundreds of people were expected to testify Friday at the state’s capitol during a special hearingabout the bills.