Canadian footballer Quinn has made history and become the first openly transgender and non-binary individual to win an Olympic medal of any kind. It was also the first time Canada's soccer team has won gold at the Olympic Games.
Quinn, who goes by one name, came out as trans and non-binary in September. They started for Bev Priestman's squad in Friday's gold-medal-winning match and throughout the Olympic tournament this July.
However, when they collected their medal atop the International Stadium Yokohama on Friday night, the twenty-five-year-old stood not only for themself but for trans and non-binary people around the world. They are a monumental step towards inclusivity and diversity in sports and beyond.
There was a touching moment where Megan Rapinoe, the famous pink-haired US women's soccer superstar, and Quinn shared a conversation following the win. Rapinoe herself is gay and has long spoken out for the LGBTQ+ community.
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After collecting her own medal, a bronze, following the exciting match between Canada and the US in Monday's semi-final, thirty-six-year-old Rapinoe approached Quinn to express her own personal congratulations.
This isn't their first time speaking however, Rapinoe plays alongside Quinn for the National Women's Soccer League club OL Reign and has often celebrated Quinn as a fantastic player. She applauded Quinn on Instagram when they came out in September and again on Friday when they made history at the Olympics.
Back in March, Rapinoe told Insider that Quinn was a great teammate and fantastic player. And when it comes to their gender identity in the locker room and on the field, "nobody cares," she added.
Quinn is "there to do their job and to play a sport that they love and to be their full selves and to be accepted for that," Rapinoe said. She then delivered a message for the lawmakers in the US who have drafted transphobic bills: "You're trying to speak on behalf of a lot of people that don't feel that way and don't feel threatened."
Tokyo Olympics 2020 has seen 2 other transgender athletes take part in the games: New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard and American BMX cyclist Chelsea Wolfe.
Hubbard made history on August 2 by competing on stage in the women's +87kg category, however, failed to complete any of her three snatch lifts, seeing her Olympic journey come to an end.
This Olympics has been historic when it comes to LGBTQ+ support, with three transgender and non-binary athletes competing in their respective sports for the first time in the history of the international games.
This year's Olympic Games saw the largest contingent of LGBTQ+ Olympic athletes who mark up more than 160 athletes, more than 3 times the number at the 2016 Rio Olympics.