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Quinn on being the first openly transgender Olympian: ‘The fight isn’t close to over’

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Canadian women’s national team soccer player Quinn has made history by becoming the first openly transgender athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.

Quinn, who started in Canada’s 1-1 draw Wednesday against host nation Japan, detailed their feelings about the experience in an Instagram post after the game.

“First openly trans Olympian to compete,” they wrote. “I don’t know how to feel. I feel proud seeing ‘Quinn’ up on the line-up and on my accreditation.”

The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist came out as non-binary and transgender in September 2020, also noting the previous and future generations of transgender athletes in their recent post.

“Mostly, I feel aware of the realities. Trans girls being banned from sports. Trans women facing discrimination and bias while trying to pursue their Olympic dreams,” Quinn wrote. “The fight isn’t close to over… and I’ll celebrate when we’re all here.”

Quinn also plays professionally for the NWSL’s Seattle-based OL Reign and is a teammate of American star Megan Rapinoe.

Next up for Quinn and Canada is a group stage game against Chile on Saturday.