Footballer Quinn is set to become the first-ever openly transgender and non-binary athlete to win a medal at the Olympic Games.

Canada’s women’s football team defeated world champions the United States on Monday after Jessie Fleming’s spot-kick secured the side a 1-0 victory.

The team will now face-off against Sweden in Friday’s match to see who will take home the gold.

Whichever way the match goes, Quinn is guaranteed at least a silver, which puts them in the history books as the first openly transgender athlete to win a medal in the history of the games.

 

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While Quinn did win a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, they had not come out as non-binary until last year.

The 25-year-old previously made history when they became the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the games when Canada took on Japan on July 21, which ended 1-1.

After the match, Quinn took to Instagram to share the realities of being a trans athlete.

They said: “I feel sad knowing there were Olympians before me unable to live their truth because of the world.

“The fight isn’t close to over… and I’ll celebrate when we’re all here.”

 

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Speaking to BBC Sport about first coming out on the world stage, Quinn said they “didn’t really understand if I had a future in football if I had a future in life.”

They went on to talk about how their loved ones and squad already knew about they how identified, but that coming out to the public was a way to show people that it’s okay to embrace who you are.

They continued: “I really didn’t like feeling like I had a disconnect between different parts of my life, being a public figure, and so I wanted to live authentically,” they say.

“I think being visible is huge and it’s something that helped me when I was trying to figure out my identity.

“I wanted to pass that along and then hopefully other people will come out as well if they feel safe to do so and I can create a safer space for them.”

Quinn was awarded the 2020 GAY TIMES Honour for Sporting Hero for coming out and inspiring a whole generation.

 

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Upon receiving the award, they said: “It’s such a huge honour. Sometimes it feels like all I’m doing is being who I am and playing the sport that I love.

“For me, it doesn’t feel like I’m doing that much, but I do see the struggles that I’ve gone through to get to this point. I love taking that with me and also understanding that it is a real privilege to have this voice and to have this platform.

Quinn continued: “I want to see more inclusivity across my national team environment and in the professional realm — it’s something that I really want to work towards.

“Whether that includes creating a trans inclusion policy in Canada, which is something we don’t have right now. It’s so important, not only at the professional level as an athlete, but to make sure policies filter down into our youth programs, so we don’t lose trans kids at young ages.”

Congratulations, Quinn! We love you!