Kye Allums

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Kye Allums
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Personal information
Born October 23, 1989 (1989-10-23) (age 28)
Nationality American
Career information
High school Centennial High School
College George Washington

Kye Allums (born October 23, 1989) is a former college basketball player at for the George Washington Colonials women's basketball team of 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 I college athlete.[2][3][4][5]

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

Personal life[edit]

Allums's teammates called him "Kay-Kay".[8] Allums began telling people to call him "Kye". He is of African American descent.[9]

Allums came out in 2010, while he was playing for the George Washington University's women's basketball team.[10] He told sports website outsports.com, "...My biological sex is female, which makes me a transgender male.""[11]

In 2011, he graduated from the George Washington University with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts.[12]

In 2014, Allums revealed that he had attempted suicide after ESPN came out with his story.[13]

George Washington statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year[14] Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008-09 George Washington 11 35 28.6 18.8 38.1 2.2 1.3 0.2 0.1 3.2
2009-10 George Washington 26 193 37.8 37.1 75.0 4.6 1.1 0.8 0.2 7.4
2010-11 George Washington 8 54 47.4 30.0 63.2 3.4 0.6 0.6 0.3 6.8
Career George Washington 45 282 37.7 32.7 62.5 3.8 1.0 0.6 0.2 6.3

Career[edit]

Allums began traveling around the country to talk about life as a transgender person.[15] He visits high schools, colleges and universities to discuss the transgender community and how it is possible to be transgender and play on a team.[16] He gives advice on confronting bullies when being trans.[17]

He starred in Laverne Cox’s documentary The T Word.[18]The film follows young transgender individuals and explains what they go through.

Kye produced a project called "I Am Enough", which encourages other LGBTQ individuals to come out and talk about their experiences.[19] The project allows individuals to submit their stories, thereby showing people who share the same issues that they are not alone.[20]

Allums now has his own website, kyeallums.com, where people can stay updated about his life.[21]

In 2015, he was inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.[22]

Published work[edit]

Allums published a book called Who am I, which features poems and letters he wrote about his parents and himself.[23]

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. Archived from the original on October 13, 2011. 
  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. May 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.gwsports.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/allums_kye00.html
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 21, 2011. Retrieved March 31, 2012. 
  8. ^ Brady, Erik (November 4, 2010). "Transgender male Kye Allums on the women's team at GW". usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ Moore, Elliott. "Kye Allums Discusses her Personal History as a Transgender Athlete". www.glaad.org. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ Steinmetz, Katy (October 28, 2014). "Meet The First Openly Transgender NCAA Division I Athlete". www.time.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ Brady, Erik (November 4, 2010). "Transgender male Kye Allums on the women's team at GW". usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ Allums, Kye. "About". www.kyeallums.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ Nichols, JamesMichael (January 21, 2014). "Kye Allums, Trans Sports Star, Reveals He Wanted To Kill Herself After ESPN Profile". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  14. ^ "NCAA® Career Statistics". web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  15. ^ Steinmetz, Katy (October 28, 2014). "Meet The First Openly Transgender NCAA Division I Athlete". www.time.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ Allums, Kye. "Booking". www.keyallums.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  17. ^ Moore, Elliott. "Kye Allums Discusses his Personal History as a Transgender Athlete". www.glaad.org. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  18. ^ Steinmetz, Katy (October 28, 2014). "Meet The First Openly Transgender NCAA Division I Athlete". www.time.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  19. ^ Allums, Kye. "Who am I?". www.kyeallums.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  20. ^ Mase III, J (December 17, 2013). "Are You Enough? Kye Allums Thinks So". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  21. ^ Allums, Kye. "About". www.kyeallums.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  22. ^ Jim Buzinski (27 July 2015). "9 inducted into National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame". Outsports. 
  23. ^ Allums, Kye. "Who Am I?". www.amazon.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 

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