ANOTHER CANADIAN BREAKS NEW GROUND
Canadian soccer star Quinn is one of at least three transgender and/or nonbinary athletes to compete in the Tokyo Games — along with New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard and the American skateboarder Alana Smith — but Quinn will be the only one to leave with a medal!
The color of the medal, however, will depend on Canada’s championship game against the Swedish women’s soccer team Friday (Thursday 11PM ADT).
Canada will compete for gold against Sweden after beating the top ranked United States 1-0 on Monday, thanks to a penalty kick in the 75th minute of the game.
This will be the first time a Canadian women’s soccer team competes in a final match at the Olympics!
Quinn came out as transgender and nonbinary in an Instagram post earlier this year and encouraged followers to be better allies to trans people by putting their pronouns in their Instagram bio, following trans people such as the author Janet Mock and practicing using gender-neutral pronouns with friends or in the mirror.
Quinn became the first openly trans athlete to compete in the Olympics’ 125-year history, even though the Games started allowing trans athletes in 2004.
There are at least 180 out LGBTQ athletes at the Olympics this year, according to the latest count by the LGBTQ sports website Outsports.
Quinn and their team will win either a silver or a gold.
I can hardly wait – GO CANADA GO!