Athlete Kye Allums – LGBT History Month Day 1

 

Today’s LGBT History Month icon is Kye Allums, the first openly transgender athlete to play NCAA Division I college basketball.

Born October 23, 1989, Kye Adams was birth-assigned female but identified as male from a young age. This is his story.

Biography via Equality Forum:

Born Kyler Kelcian Allums in Daytona Beach, Florida, he was the oldest of four children. Nicknamed Kay-Kay, Allums was a self-described tomboy, who identifed as male from childhood.

“I’ve always felt most comfortable dressing like a boy, but my mom would take all of my clothes and force me to wear girl clothes,” he says. Allums would put boys’ clothes in his backpack and change before going to school, then change back before he got home. He says it was the only way he could go to school.

Allums received a basketball scholarship to GWU. In his freshman year, he played in 11 games for the Colonials and missed the final 20 due to injury. As a sophomore, he started 20 of 26 games.
That same year, Allums began to distance himself from Kay-Kay and opened up to some of his teammates.

“I do not like being called a girl. I’m a guy in a girl’s body,” he said. Thereafter, he told his head coach Mike Bozeman. Allums says his teammates, coach and family have all been supportive.

Allums was advised not to begin taking male hormones or undergo gender reassignment surgery while remaining on the women’s team. If he did, he would risk losing his scholarship and ending his college basketball career. Allums says he’s undecided about when he will continue his transition.

After suffering a total of eight concussions and not starting any games his junior year, Allums announced he would not be returning to the Colonials for his senior season.

“I alone came to this decision and I thank the athletic department for respecting my wishes,” he said.

In 2011, Allums began telling his story at speaking engagements and other forums. “It meant a lot to me to help and affect others in a positive way,” he says about sharing his experience with young people struggling with similar issues.

As for his future, Allums says, “I’ll just be trying to make some kind of difference in the world and look forward to my life.”

Below you can see a video of Kye talking about coming out as trans, as well as see clips from the press conference he gave when he went public with this information:

And more from the Associated Press where Kye talks about his decision to postpone hormone treatment. He also has an encouraging message for anyone dealing with identity issues:

Related Links:

  • “Allums to leave women’s team – Sports.” The GW Hatchet. 27 May 2011.
  • Associated Press. “YouTube – GW Transgender Player Deals With Wave of Publicity.”  YouTube. 17 May 2011.
  • Beiser, H. Darr, “Transgender Male Kye Allums on the Women’s Team at GW” USATODAY.com. 17 May 2011.
  • “Kye Allums: First Transgender Man Playing NCAA Women’s Basketball.” Outsports.com. 17 May 2011.
  • “Kye Allums, Division I Athlete, Tells Us How Being Transgender Feels” Lemondrop.com. 17 May 2011.
  • “Player Bio: Kye Allums” GEORGE WASHINGTON OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE. 27 May 2011.
  • “Transgender Women’s Basketball Player Kye Allums of George Washington Discusses Concussion-marred Season.”  ESPN. 17 May 2011.

 

Image taken from the LGBT History Month video in the spirit of the project, no infringement intended.

21 comments

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin4 years ago

Sorry kenny s. Over my weekly limit, but just know: I think you rule!

Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson4 years ago

Having the courage to live openly and honestly is a great asset to have ,whatever the future holds.Best wishes for a happy and useful life. YOU HAVE ALREADY ENCOURAGED MANY PEOPLE BY BEING WHO YOU ARE!

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Winn Adams
Winnie Adams4 years ago

I hope he has a long and happy life.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L.4 years ago

Thanks

Tish L.
Tish Levee4 years ago

Thank you very much for this post. Kudos to you and to Kye!

Penny C.
Penny C.4 years ago

You are very courageous Kyle.

kenny s.
Kenny Stidham4 years ago

@ STEVE R....When people have been persecuted as gays have and still are then you rightfully develope and "chip on the shoulder". I agree that the orientation a person is born with should not be an issue but thanks to the "religious wrong" in this country especially the unchristlike "christians" it is. christians cant keep their busy body noses out of other peoples business and people are tired of it and arent going to take it anymore. You probably hate black history month too I would assume. By the way STEVE R.....Anthony Bourdain called: He wants his face back. Thanks

Helle H.
Helle H.4 years ago

My respect to Kye.

Dolores M.
Dolores M.4 years ago

To Wayne M.... How about "redhead month" for all my redheaded friends who are constantly criticized for being different?!!! Redheads have been discrimated throughout history, but yet I don't see any special treatment for them. What makes you better than them??