The 2014 Trans 100 list was recently released and among them were listed three influential athletes: Kye Allums, Fallon Fox and Chris Mosier. At Compete, we congratulate these three trans athletes as well as the other honorees for their courage to speak up – to educate the public and help people’s perception of gender become more knowledgeable and accepting!
All too often the “T” part of LGBT is forgotten or more heavily discriminated against, even at times by the gay community. But thanks to Kye, Fallon and Chris, trans athletes are now being seen, heard and recognized for their pioneering work. In fact, Compete Magazine named Chris Mosier as its Athlete of the Year at our Diversity Awards in Los Angeles this past November.
Here are their mini-biographies taken directly from the list:
Kye Allums is the first black openly trans man in sports history. In 2012, Kye became the first Division I openly trans athlete in the National College Athletic Association. Kye attended George Washington University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. After coming out to the world, Kye was featured in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and was named one of Out’s “Out 100.” Today, Kye is a transadvocate, mentor, and public speaker. Kye has traveled to universities across the country sharing his encouraging message to love and define ourselves unapologetically. Kye is the founder and codirector of Project I Am Enough, a storytelling platform dedicated to encouraging self-love for everyone on the gender spectrum.
Fallon Fox is a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, and one of only a few out trans athletes competing on the professional level. Before coming out publicly, Fallon competed in Jiu Jitsu, Submission Fighting, and amateur MMA tournaments while closeted as a trans athlete. Her participation and unwavering determination to continue in her sport caused commissions to look into creating guidelines for trans athlete participation. Fallon’s story has inspired millions inside and out of the LGBTQ community.
Chris Mosier is a New York City-based athlete, coach, educator and advocate. As a nationally sponsored and openly transgender athlete, he was named 2013 Athlete of the Year at the Compete Sports Diversity Awards. Chris is the founder of transathlete.com, a resource for students, athletes, coaches and administrators to find information about trans inclusion in athletics at various levels of play. He sits on the board of directors for GO! Athletes, and is a member of the LGBT Sports Coalition, a group working to end anti-LGBTQ bias and discrimination in sports. Chris is a Safe Zone coordinator, a crisis hotline volunteer with the New York City Anti-Violence Project, and a consultant for colleges and sports leagues to help make their organizations more inclusive. Working with the You Can Play Project, he shares his story as an out athlete at high schools and colleges across the country.
You can see the full list for 2014 on the Trans 100 Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Trans100