Kye Allums

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Kye Allums (born October 23, 1989) is a former college basketball player at George Washington University (GWU) and a transgender pioneer.[1]

He is now a transgender advocate, public speaker, artist, and mentor to LGBT youth. In 2010, Allums, a trans man, became the first openly transgender NCAA Division 1 college athlete.[2][3][4][5]

Allums graduated from Centennial High School in Circle Pines, Minnesota. He played three seasons as a guard on the women's team at GWU.[6] In May 2011, it was reported that Allums decided to leave the GWU basketball team.[7]

Personal Life[edit]

Kye Allums was born as Kyler Kelican Allums and his teammates would call him Kay-Kay.[8] Allums began telling people to call him Kye. Allums is of African American decent. [9] Kye. Allum's came out in 2010, while he was playing for the George Washington’s University womens basketball team. [10] Allum's told sports website outsports.com saying, "My biological sex is female, which makes me a transgender male.".[11]

In 2011, Kye graduated from The George Washington University and earned a degree in Fine Arts. [12]

In 2014, Allums admitted that he attempted to commit suicide after ESPN came out with his story. [13]

Career[edit]

Allums began traveling around the country to talk about life being transgender. [14] He travels around to different high schools, colleges and universities to discuss the transgender community and how it is possible to be transgender and play on a team. [15] Allums gives advice on confronting bullies when being trans. [16]

He starred in Lavern Cox’s documentary, called The T Word. [17]The documentary follows young transgender individuals and explains what they go through being young and transgender.

Kye produced a project called “I Am Enough”, which allows other LGBTQ individuals to come out and talk about their experiences. [18] The project allows individuals to submit their stories and by doing so, it allows people with the same issues know that they are not alone. [19] Allum’s now has his own website called www.kyeallums.com, where people can keep updated with his life. [20]

Published Work[edit]

Allum’s published his own book called "Who am I" , that features poems and letters he wrote about his parents and himself. [21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brady, Erik (November 4, 2010). "Transgender male Kye Allums on the women's team at GW". USA Today. 
  2. ^ "Judge: School violated lesbian's rights, but prom cancellation valid". CNN. March 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2011/10/lgbt-history-month-kye-allums-first-openly-transgender-athlete/
  4. ^ Brady, Erik (2010-11-04). "Transgender male Kye Allums on the women's team at GW". USA Today. 
  5. ^ "21 Transgender People Who Influenced American Culture". Time Magazine. 
  6. ^ http://www.gwsports.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/allums_kye00.html
  7. ^ http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/05/19/Kye_Allums_Leaving_Basketball/
  8. ^ Brady, Erik. "Transgender male Kye Allums on the women's team at GW". usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Moore, Elliott. "Kye Allums Discusses his Personal History as a Transgender Athlete". www.glaad.org. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Steinmetz, Katy. "Meet The First Openly Transgender NCAA Division I Athlete". www.time.com. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Brady, Erik. "Transgender male Kye Allums on the women's team at GW". usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  12. ^ Allums, Kye. "About". www.kyeallums.com. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  13. ^ Nichols, JamesMichael. "Kye Allums, Trans Sports Star, Reveals He Wanted To Kill Himself After ESPN Profile". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Steinmetz, Katy. "Meet The First Openly Transgender NCAA Division I Athlete". www.time.com. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  15. ^ Allums, Kye. "Booking". www.keyallums.com. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  16. ^ Moore, Elliott. "Kye Allums Discusses his Personal History as a Transgender Athlete". www.glaad.org. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  17. ^ Steinmetz, Katy. "Meet The First Openly Transgender NCAA Division I Athlete". www.time.com. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  18. ^ Allums, Kye. "Who am I?". www.kyeallums.com. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  19. ^ Mase III, J. "Are You Enough? Kye Allums Thinks So". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  20. ^ Allums, Kye. "About". www.kyeallums.com. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  21. ^ Allums, Kye. "Who Am I?". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 

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