Allums named to Time’s list of 21 influential transgender people

Kye Allums
Kye Allums was the first openly transgender player to play Division I basketball. Hatchet File Photo

Time magazine has recognized alumnus Kye Allums as one of 21 transgender people to have influenced U.S. culture.

Allums made national headlines in 2010 when he became the first openly trans athlete in NCAA Division I sports as a member of the GW women’s basketball team.

The list complemented Time’s cover story about the increased “visibility of trans people in American society and the nation’s evolving understanding of gender.”

Allums, who graduated from GW in 2012, was one of four athletes named to the list of 21 individuals. Others included professional tennis player Renee Richards, golfer Lana Lawless and mixed martial artist Fallon Fox.

In 1977, the New York supreme court ruled in favor of allowing Richards to compete in tournaments as a woman. Lawless sued the Ladies Professional Golf Association in 2010, which resulted in the removal of a requirement that golfers had to be female at birth. Fox became the first openly transgender fighter in history when she came out in 2013.

Non-athletes on the list included actress Laverne Cox and producer and director Lana Wachowski.

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