GWU Baller, Kye Allums, talks about his gender identity and his place in the NCAA

Anyone who knows me or has read this site with some regularity knows that I am a big fan of Colonials Women’s Basketball, so I was intrigued by a roster shift for number 50 — junior Kay Kay Allums is now listed as Kye Allums on the official team roster.

Kye Allums, #50, will be the first NCAA Division 1 publicly transgender athlete. The wonderful interview at OutSports.com explores Kye Allums’ journey in self-identification and the way his teammates and coach have stood behind him, and it’s worth a read. Identifying at first as a butch-leaning lesbian, Allums came to the conclusion his freshman year that he was, in fact, a man. He came out to his team the next year, and to his coach this summer, and he’s ready to face the upcoming season with his GWU-family.

For the readers out there about to open their mouths in protest: NCAA regs state that trans men may continue to play on a women’s team as long as they are not undergoing hormone therapy (taking testosterone). NCAA spokesperson Jennifer Royer confirmed this in Allums’ case to OutSports.com. This means Allums, who is attending GWU on a women’s basketball scholarship, can continue to play on the team until he decides to begin hormone therapy. OutSport’s interview says that he plans on some reassessment surgery next summer, before his senior season:

“The only thing I can’t do is take testosterone,” Allums said. “And I don’t need that anyway. I probably naturally have more than some of the guys on the guys’ team. If I get surgery, it doesn’t affect my play, it doesn’t enhance anything, I’m just taking something off my body, like if I lost a finger.”

To put this in a broader context: as a sports fan, it’s impossible to miss the fact that when the topic of trasngender, elite athletes comes up, it inevitably devolves into some sexist, cis-centric horrorshow on the internet. But that doesn’t mean that the conversation about transgender athletes and their place in high-level, competitive athletics isn’t happening, and all morbid curiosity that inevitably arises aside, the real question is: how do we protect the rights of transgendered athletes to play while still maintaining a space for women and men to play at their own respective levels?

It’s not a simple question, of course. The National Center for Lesbian Rights, in fact, published the report On the Team: Equal Opportunities for Transgender Student Athletes [PDF] just last month, which provides suggestions for the NCAA to adopt in regards to transgendered scholarship athletes.

I, for one, think that GWU and Kye Allums are on the right track in tackling a delicate and personal issue. And to be honest, I couldn’t be prouder of GWU, Allums’ teammates, and Coach Bozeman, for standing behind him in what had to be a harrowing decision. I sincerely hope the fans will give him (& the team) the support they so clearly deserve.

The first women’s home game is Thursday, November 18th, where they’ll play Coppin State in the Smith Center at 7 pm.

(h/t to Mallory & anonymous source for some links)

Further Reading:
[GWU Women's Basketball Schedule]
Making Sports Fair For Transgender Athletes [Jezebel]
Transgender Athletes, College Teams [Inside Higher Ed]
Kye Allums, the NCAA’s first Div. 1 publicly transgender basketball player, is starting conversations never before held in the sport. [OutSports.com]
Transgender man comes out on GWU women’s basketball team [Amanda Hess, TBD]

GW is So Gay

Gawker included American University, but not George Washington University on their “Top 10 Colleges for Gay Students” list.  That’s just bad reporting.

Ok, Gawker.  We got beef.  Big. Gay. Beef.  Nobody puts GW in the corner.

While some of the AU description is accurate (they are GW’s backup school after all — and GW is, honestly, Georgetown’s backup,) they mess up some parts: for example, AU is known as Gay Jew not Gay U.  And GW for the matter, is awkwardly called Gay Double-Jew. Other times it’s Gay White University.

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Via Gawker

The GW jeebs (that’s short for G.B. which is short for Gay Boy – GW is so gay they invented a new term for it) literally go out and run the world through the DC gay mafia that dominates the public relations world.  That shit is real.

Plus, GW is known for being full of total hotties. If there’s one thing gay people love, it’s being and being around total hotties.  No jeeb would go to AU if they could get into GW.

Other points in favor of GW’s total gayness:

  • GW is so gay that they don’t have a football team.
  • GW is so gay she goes by the feminine pronoun.

The list goes on and on.  Feel free to add to it in the comments.

FoBo in the News

Hillary Clinton Reacts to news of Students Returning

Hillary Clinton reacts when we remind her that students are coming back next week.

This week in Foggy Bottom: FoBo metro pretty much just has stairs at this point, new GW UPD Chief (preceded by students) this fall, Georgetown and GW rivalry is revisited, the State Department confuses local realtors, and something about the Real Housewives of DC … maybe.

The News inside!.

American Thinker Disses MObama’s Speech

If there’s one thing that GWU students love, it’s bragging about how many awesome politicos they got to see during their tenures at the University. This past year also proved that GWU students don’t mind putting in the man hours to get earn a prestigious speaker. Unlike many universities, the George Washington University doesn’t hand out wads of cash to pull in big names. Sometimes this leads to fiascos like the 2004 Trachtenberg + 4 other people who included Wolf Blitzer commencement disaster. Sometimes, though, it helps highlight the power that college students really have to help.

It should be impossible to attend a school like GWU and be unaware of the enormous amount of privilege you hold to get there. To be able to attend a four year university with a fairly good national reputation, to pay for its exorbitant cost, and then to live and work around the DC area, all of those things don’t happen by accident. It’s a mixture of hard work, good luck, and possible (probable) help by being privileged, in any number of ways, that get you there. Some students might have pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, but most probably had a little help from the structural inequalities that exist in America. That’s not a judgment on anyone, it’s simply the way things are.

FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s speech to the graduating class of 2010, as she accepted an honorary doctorate in public service, was an inspiring screed to the students to keep using their privilege for good in the world. GW students logged in 163,980 hours of service, beating her request of 100,000 hours, and showing that GWU students are aware of their unique position in the world to help others. She urged students to “Keep going. Keep giving. Keep engaging,” and most of the reactions were positive. After all, these are the students that wanted to make a difference.

Not all the reactions were positive though....

GW Closed Monday, Dec. 21 [snOMG]

Good news for any of you GW employees reading our blog tonight instead of checking your own email.

Via the GW InfoMail system:

The George Washington University will be closed Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. Designated employees should report to work. All other employees need not report.

The snowpocalypse of 2009 continues!  Enjoy sleeping in tomorrow, GW staff.  For those of you who live in FoBo too, get on out and enjoy the snow, take some pictures of your fluffy white liberator (and share them!)