Kye Allums

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Kye Allums
Personal information
Born October 23, 1989 (1989-10-23) (age 26)
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. 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 descent.[9] Kye Allums came out in 2010, while he was playing for the George Washington University's women's basketball team.[10] Allums 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 and with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts.[12]

In 2014, Allums revealed that he attempted 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 Laverne 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] Allums now has his own website called www.kyeallums.com, where people can keep updated with his life.[20]

In 2015, he was inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame.[21]

Published work[edit]

Allums published his own book called Who am I, that features poems and letters he wrote about his parents and himself.[22]

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. May 29, 2014. 
  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 (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 his 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 Himself After ESPN Profile". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  14. ^ Steinmetz, Katy (October 28, 2014). "Meet The First Openly Transgender NCAA Division I Athlete". www.time.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  15. ^ Allums, Kye. "Booking". www.keyallums.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  16. ^ Moore, Elliott. "Kye Allums Discusses his Personal History as a Transgender Athlete". www.glaad.org. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  17. ^ Steinmetz, Katy (October 28, 2014). "Meet The First Openly Transgender NCAA Division I Athlete". www.time.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  18. ^ Allums, Kye. "Who am I?". www.kyeallums.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  19. ^ Mase III, J (December 17, 2013). "Are You Enough? Kye Allums Thinks So". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  20. ^ Allums, Kye. "About". www.kyeallums.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  21. ^ Jim Buzinski (27 July 2015). "9 inducted into National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame". Outsports. 
  22. ^ Allums, Kye. "Who Am I?". www.amazon.com. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 

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