Kye Allums, a junior at George Washington University, has gotten a lot of media attention lately for being the first out transgender player on an NCAA basketball team. Kye is male but will continue playing on the women’s basketball team. Kye had a couple different options for figuring out how he could keep playing basketball, and ultimately continuing to play on the women’s team was his decision:
NCAA rules say “a female who wants to be socially identified as a male but has not undergone hormone treatments or surgery may complete on a women’s team.” NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson said it is left up to the school to determine an athlete’s gender designation.
Allums considered having his surgery and treatments now – and then playing on a man’s team.
“I thought about it,” Allums said. “That wasn’t really my goal. Maybe for somebody else.”
“It is hard,” Allums said, “because I would love for everything to happen right now. But, to those who wait, good things come. So I’m waiting and just focusing on basketball and school, and it’s going to come. As long as I think like that, it doesn’t seem like a hard thing.”