1st transgender athlete to receive an Olympic medal – .

1st transgender athlete to receive an Olympic medal – .

TOKYO – Team Canada is aiming for gold for the first time in its history in women’s Olympic soccer, but it’s not the team’s only historic moment.

A member of Team Canada will become the first openly transgender, non-binary athlete to win an Olympic medal.

Quinn, 25, came out publicly in a social media post last fall.

« Getting out is DIFFICULT (and a bit bs). I know for me this is something that I will do again for the rest of my life. As I have lived as an openly trans person with the people I love most for many years, I have always wondered when I was going to go out publicly, ”the midfielder wrote on Instagram.

Quinn’s pronouns are they / them.

Quinn has spoken out openly against transphobia and uses his platforms to urge his allies to speak out when they see hate.

Before heading to the Olympics, they wrote that the moment was bittersweet.

“I’m sad to know that there were Olympians before me who couldn’t live their truth because of the world,” Quinn said ahead of the Olympics.

The Toronto native added: “I am optimistic for the 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. The fight isn’t about to end… and I’ll be celebrating when we’re all here, ”Quinn said in a social media post in July.

Another athlete, New Zealander Laurel Hubbard, is the first openly transgender woman to compete in the Olympics.

Hubbard competed in the women’s 87-kilogram super-heavyweight category at the Tokyo Olympics, but she failed to reach the medal.

The International Olympic Committee is about to release information regarding the eligibility requirements for trans athletes. The last report came out in 2015.

With files from Sportsnet’s Caroline Frolic


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