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Canada’s Quinn to be the first openly transgender, non-binary athlete to win an Olympic medal

Canada’s Quinn to be the first openly transgender, non-binary athlete to win an Olympic medal

Canada’s appearance in the gold medal game in women’s soccer won’t be the team’s only first when it takes the field in Japan on Friday (10 p.m. ET Thursday in Canada).

Quinn, the 25-year-old midfielder of the Toronto team, will also become the first openly transgender, non-binary athlete to win an Olympic medal, as the team is assured of a gold or medal. silver.

Quinn came out publicly as transgender in a social media post last fall, changed his pronouns to them / them, and is now just named.

After the team’s 1-0 semi-final victory over the United States on Monday at Kashima Stadium, Quinn said they “received messages from young people saying they had never seen a trans person in sport before “.

Quinn played college soccer at Duke and is the best-drafted Canadian in National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) history – third overall by the Washington Spirit in 2018. She now plays for OL Reign.

They won bronze at the 2016 Games in Rio and were also part of the squad that suffered a heartbreaking loss to the United States in London in 2012.

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When Quinn came out last September, they told The Canadian Press it was partly because they were “tired of being misgendered” in society and in the media, and partly for being a “figure. visible ”for young people who can“ question their gender, exploring their gender. ”

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New guidelines coming soon for trans athletes

At these Games, another transgender athlete helped spark a conversation about greater inclusion in sport. New Zealander Laurel Hubbard, the first openly transgender Olympic weightlifter, competed in the women’s +87 kg category on Monday but was eliminated from the medal race by failing to perform a deadlift in the first part of the competition .

“Of course, I’m not quite unaware of the controversy surrounding my participation in these Games,” said Hubbard after leaving the competition. “And, as such, I would especially like to thank the IOC, for, I think, really affirming its commitment to the principles of Olympism, and establishing that sport is something for everyone. It is inclusive. It is inclusive. is accessible. “

In 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) established a set of rules for trans athletes at the Games. The IOC has announced that it will issue updated guidelines in the coming months.

For Quinn, being an advocate and role model is nothing new. While at Duke, Quinn served on the board of directors of the School Chapter of Athlete Ally, an organization that aims to promote equal opportunity in sport, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

“Track and field is the most exciting part of my life and it brings me the most joy,” Quinn told CBC Sports on Monday.

“If I can allow children to play the sports they love, that is my heritage and that is what I am here for.”

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