Canada’s Quinn becomes the first publicly transgender, non-dual athlete to win an Olympic medal
On Friday (Thursday at 10 pm Canadian Eastern Time), the Canadian team’s appearance in the gold medal game in Japan will not be the only first game of the women’s football team.
Quinn, a 25-year-old midfielder from Toronto, will also become the first publicly transgender and non-dual athlete to win an Olympic medal, because the team can secure a gold or silver medal.
Quinn publicly became transgender in a social media post last fall, changed their pronoun to them/them, and now has a name.
since Canada 1-0 semifinal win In the U.S. final at Kashima Stadium on Monday, Quinn said they “received information from young people that they had never seen transgender people participate in sports before.”
Quinn has played college football for Duke University in North Carolina and is the most selected Canadian in the history of the National Women’s Football League (NWSL). He was ranked third by the Washington Spirit in 2018. They now play for OL Reign.
They won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and also won a heartbreaking victory in the team that lost to the United States in London in 2012.
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Quinn came out in September last year. He told the Canadian media that part of the reason was that they were “tired of being discriminated against by the wrong sex in society and the media”, but also to become young people who could “question and explore their gender”. The “tangible figure” of a person. gender. “
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New guidelines for transgender athletes are coming soon
At these games, another transgender athlete helped spark a conversation about improving sports inclusiveness. Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand is the first Olympic weightlifter to openly transgender. He participated in the women’s 87kg competition on Monday but was eliminated due to failing to complete the weightlifting in the first part of the competition. Medal battle.
“Of course, I am not completely ignorant of the controversy surrounding my participation in these games,” Hubbard said after retiring from the competition. “Therefore, I especially want to thank the International Olympic Committee [International Olympic Committee] Because, I think, they truly affirmed their commitment to the principles of Olympism and established that this sport is suitable for everyone. It is inclusive. It is accessible. “
In 2015, the International Olympic Committee formulated a set of regulations for transgender athletes to participate in the Olympic Games. It said it will release updated guidelines in the next few months.
For Quinn, being an advocate and role model is nothing new. While at Duke University, Quinn was a member of the board of directors of the school’s Athlete Ally chapter, an organization that promotes equal opportunities in sports, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.
“Athletics is the most exciting part of my life, and it brings me the greatest joy,” Quinn told CBC Sports on Monday.
“If I can let the children play the sports they like, it is my legacy and that is why I am here.”
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