Canadian soccer player Quinn made history Friday as the first openly non-binary transgender person to not only medal, but also win Olympic gold.
The accomplishment came with the Canadian women’s soccer team beating Sweden to claim gold for the first time in Olympic history after a series of penalty kicks that ended the game. Quinn helped Canada win bronze at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, but they only turned out to be transgender and non-binary last year.
“I’m proud to see ‘Quinn’ on the lineup and on my credentials,” they said in an Instagram post last month. “I am sad to know that there were Olympians before me unable to live their truth because of the world. I am optimistic for change. Change of legislature. Changes in the rules, structures and mentalities.”
“Most of the time, I feel aware of the realities. Trans girls are banned from sports. Trans women face discrimination and prejudice while trying to pursue their Olympic dreams,” they added. “The fight is not about to be over… and I’ll be celebrating when we’re all here.”
A TRANSGENDER WOMAN WITH LIGHTS DO NOT COMPLETE THE LIFTS AND DO NOT ADVANCE
Canada’s Quinn attends the women’s soccer final match against Sweden at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Friday August 6, 2021 in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo / André Penner) André Penner / AP
Quinn, a team Canada midfielder, came out publicly as transgender and non-binary in a September Instagram post, but said he identified himself that way privately for a longer period of time. They joined several other accomplished first-time athletes who identify as transgender at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand became the first transgender woman to compete in an individual weightlifting competition. However, she ultimately did not follow through with the event after the judges declared a no-lift on her first three efforts on August 2.
Freestyle BMX rider Chelsea Wolfe, a transgender woman, qualified as a substitute for Team USA.
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At least 182 LGBT athletes are participating in the Tokyo Olympics, according to a recent tally from Oursports.com.
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Original author: Kaelan Deese
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