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NCAA women's basketball enables transgendered sportsperson to compete

Posted 11-29-2010 at 02:27 AM by BaronC

Allums, a George Washington University student and basketball player, has sparked a controversy. Allums can play women's basketball next year. This is controversial because Kye is a female-to-male transgendered person. This decision took consultation with the NCAA and a number of other groups. George Washington University, ultimately, made the final decision.



Article source - Kye Allums - Transgender athlete to still play women's basketball by Personal Money Store.



Allums helps make the change from woman to man



Kye Allums had been just one of the many girls that were a tomboy. She was like this her whole life. He goes to George Washington and is 21 years old, and he stated that he “always felt like a man trapped in a woman’s body” in some interviews. Kye has been becoming a male lately. It has been a couple of months. Kye is a 5’1’’ guard. He was quoted saying, “I did not choose to be born in this body and feel the way I do.”



Kye Allums to play in National Collegiate Athletic Association women's basketball



Kye Allums initially started actively playing NCAA women's basketball for George Washington University on a scholarship. It's a really hard thing for the University and NCAA to determine since Kye still intentions of competing in basketball, even with the transgender issue. The National Center on Lesbian Rights and Women's Sports Foundation offered guidance to the school. The compromise reached allows Kye Allums, who's still physically female, to continue competing in female’s basketball as long as he does not undergo testosterone or drug therapy. National Collegiate Athletic Association rules make it so it isn’t allowed for women to have more testosterone than what is naturally produced in their bodies.



Sex split athletics are difficult



Though Allums is the first transgendered athlete to play in National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball, this is not the very first time the issue has been confronted. The Olympic athlete Caster Semenya had been questioned. The physical gender was the concern. A male who became a woman is suing the Ladies Professional Golf Association in order to compete as a professional woman golfer. This is Lana Lawless. Many think that there should not be a man and female separation in athletics anymore anyway. The only way people will stop worrying about the transgender issue with gender identification is if sports change entirely. If athletics were all co-ed, then it wouldn’t be a concern.



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