North Texas Transgender Wrestler Mack Beggs Joins Fight Against ‘Bathroom Bill' | KERA News

North Texas Transgender Wrestler Mack Beggs Joins Fight Against ‘Bathroom Bill'

Jul 20, 2017

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Mack Beggs joins fight against “bathroom bill”; Dallas has a new police chief; that Spiral Diner pie in “A Ghost Story”; and more.

Mack Beggs, a transgender wrestler from North Texas, has joined a national LGBT rights organization to oppose the so-called "bathroom bill."

Beggs garnered attention for winning a state girls championship in February. He would have rather competed against male athletes, but state policy calls for students to wrestle against the gender listed on their birth certificates. State lawmakers tried to pass a new law this year that would have led to the disqualification of transgender athletes, the Dallas Morning News reports, but were unsuccessful.


In a video released by Athlete Ally Wednesday, Beggs urges Texas lawmakers not to pass a bill that would mandate transgender people to use bathrooms and other sex-segregated public facilities that correspond to their gender at birth.

Bills in the House and Senate died during the regular session, but there’s a chance for a revival of a “bathroom bill” during the 30-day special session, which started Tuesday. [The Dallas Morning News, KERA News]

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  • Dallas has named its first female chief of police: Renee Hall of the Detroit Police Department. She's expected to start in September. [KERA News]
  • Laura and Alex Laywell spend most of their days working with refugee kids in Dallas’ Vickery Meadow neighborhood. At night, they open their home to them. [KERA News]
  • There's a plan to build a series of cricket stadiums across the country, including one in Dallas. It's part of an effort to bring a professional cricket league to the U.S. by 2020. [DMN]
  • Rooney Mara eats a vegan pie from Spiral Diner in a scene from Dallas director David Lowery’s new film, “A Ghost Story.” And everyone had a take. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]

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