First-Ever Trans, Non-Binary Athlete Wins Medal at Olympics

Written on 08/11/2021
Contributing Columnist

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Canadian soccer player Quinn made history when they took home the gold as the first openly transgender person in Olympic history on Friday, Aug. 6  — NPR.org reported.

The Canadian's women soccer team struck gold when it beat Sweden in the final days of the Olympics, putting the team in first place for the first time ever.

Quinn was the first nonbinary, and transgender athlete to win gold and win a medal in general.

Making history seems to be a trend for the soccer player. They were one of the first openly transgender people to participate in the Olympic games. Initially, they played soccer at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games, but they were not openly transgender.

Last month, Quinn posted to Instagram about how they feel about breaking barriers, "I feel proud seeing ' Quinn' up on the lineup and on my accreditation," they said. "I feel sad knowing there were Olympians before me unable to live their truth because of the world. I feel optimistic for change. Change in legislature. Changes in rules, structures, and mindsets," said the 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," they continued. "The fight isn't close to over... and I'll celebrate when we're all here," Quinn added.

The Tokyo games have shifted a change in the Olympics forever. Alana Smith, a nonbinary skateboarder, competed for the U.S. and BMX.

Chelsea Wolfe, a transgender BMX bike rider, and Alana Smith, a nonbinary skateboarder, competed for the United States.  Laurel Hubbard, a New Zealand weightlifter, made headlines when she became the first transgender woman to compete in a solo event.

Hubbard didn't win any medals at the game, and some say she may be headed for retirement, her presence at the games uplifted trans and nonbinary athletes all over the world.

"All I've ever wanted to be is myself," Hubbard said to NBC New York. "I'm just so grateful that I've had the opportunity to come here and be me."


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