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 way Missouri handled the news was admirable: The school was supportive when Sam told players and coaches a year ago, and encouraging when he made the decision to come out on his own terms to the national media this weekend.
But the story wasn’t quite the same at GW in 2010
“At the college level, I’m trying to create a safe environment for other openly trans athletes,” Allums said in the article. “It’s about teaching players and coaches Trans 101—what the terms mean and that there’s a difference between biological sex and gender identity.”
Athletic director Patrick Nero wrote Friday in the Washington Blade, a gay newspaper, about the “small, but encouraging” strides college and professional sports have made toward acceptance of LGBT players.
Kye Allums, the first transgender player in NCAA Division I history, appeared in a new Fearless Project video touting the support he received from the University and his team after his decision to come out in November 2010 – a message that rebuts what he told Sports Illustrated earlier this year.
Allums felt abandoned by his teammates and coach in the media frenzy that ensued after his announcement.
Former GW women’s basketball player Kye Allums will appear on Anderson Cooper’s talk show “Anderson” tomorrow as part of an episode that discusses children and teenagers who identify as transgender.
This post was written by Senior Staff Writer Neil Sharma With 5:03 remaining in the first half of the women’s basketball team’s game Saturday afternoon against Stony Brook, Seawolves senior Kristen Jeter hit a jumper to cut GW’s lead to 10 points at 28-18. That basket, just 15 minutes into the game, would be the […]
This post was written by Hatchet Staff Writer Elizabeth Traynor Wednesday night’s game was notable for the women’s basketball team for all the wrong reasons. The Colonials (4-4) were unable to find their rhythm offensively, ultimately falling 60-35 to Old Dominon. The loss dropped GW to .500 for the season. The team shot a season-worst […]
A week ago there was nothing remarkable about Kye Allums, a junior shooting guard on the women’s basketball team. As of Monday night though, Allums became remarkable in a way no other player has ever been: he’s the first openly transgender player to play Division I college basketball. Allums, who identified himself as a lesbian […]