As Kye Allums heads home with his George Washington University basketball team for the Best Buy Classic, his mother claims she has received death threats because of Kye's revelation that he is transgender. In an interview with the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, Rolanda Delamartinez claims she fears for the safety of her family.
"Perhaps Minnesota is liberal, but I have read the (Internet) comments," Allums' mother said. "I fear, after all these reports and stories are written ... that someone is going to carry out these threats that are being written."
Martinez said she did not want Kye to come out. She also refuses to refer to Kye by his chosen name and will not refer to him as male. However, she said she supports Kye completely.
"My biggest fear is that parents who are Christian like myself will shun their children and not be there for them no matter what decisions they make," Delamartinez said. "I want to make that clear that no matter what she does, I'm going to always love her, be there for her and have her back 100 percent."
Martzinez is clearly a very religious woman and is having trouble accepting that her child is male. While some may paint her in bad light, I think her reaction is completely acceptable. She just learned of Kye's transition in recent months; I know my parents took a while to get used to me being gay. But Martinez's support for Kye is strong and real, and that is more important than how she refers to Kye.
While it's hard to believe she received death threats over Kye's coming out, if that is in fact the truth my heart goes out to her and her family.