GW Transgender Athlete Makes Div. I History

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George Washington University junior Kye Allums has become the first transgender basketball player in Division I history. Allums, who formerly went by Kay-Kay, is a biological female who plays for GW’s women’s basketball team. He publicly announced his decision to identify as a male earlier this week, making waves within the college sports community.

He has chosen to delay hormone treatment and sexual reassignment surgery until the end of his senior year, which will allow him to remain eligible as a player for the Colonial women and thus keep his basketball scholarship.

The Colonials begin their season on Nov. 13 at the Best Buy Classic in Minneapolis.

Rebecca Gross

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