Kye Allums

November 3, 2010 by staff 

Kye Allums, At the end of the first week of sit-ins 50 years ago in Greensboro, North Carolina, scores of black college students Domain daring to break segregation in freedom by requiring a service at the counters of whites had lunch only attracted angry white mobs set to maintain the status quo.

“There was a lot of counter-protesters,” recalled Lewis Brandon, one of the black students at the beginning of this year yeah! Weekly in Greensboro at the opening of the International Civil Rights Center and Museum there. “[Then] I have it quiet.

“When I looked up,” said Brandon, “the [North Carolina A & T] football players stood on the top of the stairs.”

Store owners frightened the crowd and close their shops. Tight athletes made it a hallmark of the civil rights movement who helped campaign to ban racial discrimination in this country.

That was not the first time and featured recently in the sports world, who pay a value that is mythical or real, have had an effect. A single courageous decision by George Washington, the basketball player Kye Allums released Monday could do the same, providing the backbone of another minority among us deserve a more respectable. Allums revealed that the body of a woman is the lining of being a man, and that despite women being appointed at birth has always been the opposite direction and is ready for the transition to become a man.

Last year, he was listed as Kay-Kay. This year, also requested that relates to the masculine pronouns.

Allums, a 20-year-old colonial in “women’s team, that is, in other words, not unlike a small group of young people who have learned in recent weeks can be literally hounded to death because are gay or suspected of being only. include the recent suicides of several teenagers as Asher Brown, 13, of Houston, which shot the gun from his father, and most infamous, Tyler Clementi, 18 years old, Rutgers first year of college, who shot George Washington Bridge in New York after his roommate secretly recorded it with another student and proceeded to broadcast the video online.

Clementi secret videographers accused, Ravi and Molly Dharun Wei, also 18, were charged with invasion of privacy. Later, he retired from Rutgers. New Jersey, prosecutors are considering upgrading the charges against Wei Ravi and a hate crime. Lawmakers in New Jersey last week also introduced a bill to toughen laws against harassment in the state.

“As a father of two daughters, my heart breaks,” Obama said in a video posted on YouTube and the website of the White House following the death of Clementi. “It’s something that should not happen in this country.

“I do not know what it is to be picked up for being gay. But I know what it is to grow with the feeling that sometimes do not fit,” said the President. “It’s tough.”

The White House called Obama’s speech, said that gay youth a better future “, it gets better.” The Department of Education responded by sending a note to schools across the country, reminding them of their legal obligation to protect all students.

But there can be anything and anyone that can make a minority feel less afraid someone as brave as an athlete like Allums, who is standing by their differences in a public setting and unashamed. Some athletes have been called as soccer players in history, a black T & he got up from his career. Others have been recruited, as Magic Johnson, who ended up having to defend those affected by HIV and AIDS. Allums was a bit of both. He said he realized how he was born and could not live a lie.

When the advice of his team this season opener scheduled for Nov. 13 at the Classic Best Buy in Minneapolis – 30 minutes from Hugo Allums, the birthplace of Minnesota – against the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, will become Allums the first publicly acknowledged transgender person to play in an NCAA Div. A game of college basketball.

Four years ago, Keelin Godsey at Bates College women won their second NCAA Division III championship in the hammer throw after changing its name to Kelly and advertise like Allums, who was the transition to a permanent appointment as female.

Godson sought, however, stand out more than necessary. Allums this week sounded as if he has decided to address how people can look so different from him in the face.

“I felt like trans-nothing was very rare and these people were crazy, and I wondered, ‘How do you feel this way?” Allums appointment on Monday. “But I looked on the internet and thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m one of those weird”. And I realized that it is not uncommon. Everything is in their thinking and how you think. ”

Allums, and Godson, won the grant from the NCAA to continue to participate as a woman because, a spokesman for the NCAA informed me on Tuesday, the NCAA believes that following the genre classification of documents, student athletes’ status identification such as driver’s licenses, and gender of each school designation of the athlete is the best way for now to determine the sex.

Allums sought only if hormone treatment in the transition to become a man that his eligibility to compete with and against women come into question because of hormones, including testosterone, are banned by the NCAA as performance-enhancing drugs. Godson and eco Allums said on Monday it was putting off the treatment until after his college career.

Time was, of course, when Goodsey Allums and have had no choice but to follow what they were fighting with themselves. That would have been ostracized and began the best teams, the loss of athletic scholarships that are provided with education. But in this new millennium, more enlightened, George Washington and Bates was on his transgender athletes.

And Kye Allums standing this week for their difference, those who like it in other places who have struggled to find the courage to do the same hope.

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