George Washington University released new statements today regarding the story Outsports broke about the school's transgender guard Kye Allums. Statement from Robert Chernak, Senior Vice Provost and Senior Vice President for Student Academic and Support Services:
"Student-athlete Kye Allums has decided to live as a male student and be referred to as a male. The George Washington University supports Kye and his right to make this decision. Kye has informed the university that he will not begin any medical or drug protocols while a student-athlete. The University consulted the NCAA regarding his competitive status. Kye will continue to be a member of the women's basketball team. Kye has informed his teammates, and the university, with Kye's consent, has informed athletics staff and others, as appropriate."
Statement from junior Kye Allums, male member of George Washington's women's basketball team:
"GW has been supportive during this transition. This means a lot. I didn't choose to be born in this body and feel the way I do. I decided to transition, that is change my name and pronouns because it bothered me to hide who I am, and I am trying to help myself and others to be who they are. I told my teammates first, and they, including my coaches, have supported me. My teammates have embraced me as the big brother of the team. They have been my family, and I love them all."