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WASHINGTON — Kye Allums can’t have the surgery, can’t start taking testosterone — not as long as he wants to keep playing basketball for the George Washington women’s basketball team.

But he can change his name. He can ask people to stop calling him a woman. He can show off his mohawk, face a dozen cameras at the Smith Center after a practice and declare: “Yes, I am a male on a female team.”

So, for now, part of the dream is deferred for another. Allums is choosing basketball, a 21-year-old transgender player starting his junior season on the Colonials’ roster.

“It is hard,” Allums said, “because I would love for everything to happen right now. But, to those who wait, good things come. So I’m waiting and just focusing on basketball and school, and it’s going to come. As long as I think like that, it doesn’t seem like a hard thing.”

Allums’ story first surfaced Monday on, which reported that Allums “will be the first publicly transgender person” to play NCAA Division I college basketball. Check out his first television interview here.

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