This profile is part of Queerty’s 2020 Out For Good series, recognizing public figures who’ve had the courage to come out and make a difference in the past year.
Name: Quinn, 25
Bio: A native of Toronto, Quinn is a Canadian professional soccer player who currently plays as a midfielder for Swedish club Vittsjö GIK, on loan from OL Reign.
Quinn, who previously played for the Washington Spirit and Paris FC, won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, and they’re looking forward to playing in the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, as well.
Coming Out: Quinn publicly came out as transgender in a September 2020 Instagram to raise trans visibility online — and to help others feel community. “Coming out is HARD (and kinda bs). I know for me it’s something I’ll be doing over again for the rest of my life,” they wrote. “As I’ve lived as an openly trans person with the people I love most for many years, I did always wonder when I’d come out publicly.”
They continued: “Instagram is a weird space. I wanted to encapsulate the feelings I had towards my trans identity in one post but that’s really not why anyone is on here, including myself. So INSTEAD I want to be visible to queer folx who don’t see people like them on their feed. I know it saved my life years ago.”
Making a Difference: In a follow-up interview with BBC Sport, Quinn said they hope to play in Tokyo for next year’s rescheduled Summer Olympics.
“That was one of the reasons why I came out publicly, it’s because I want to be visible and I think the Olympics is a massive platform to have that visibility,” they added. “It’s my hope that I might be the first and that’s really exciting, but it’s also my hope that there are other people following in my footsteps and so I hope that it opens the door to other trans athletes being represented at the Olympics.”
Words of Wisdom:
I want to challenge cis folks (if you don’t know what cis means, that’s probably you!!!) to be better allies. It’s a process, and i know it won’t be perfect, but if I can encourage you to start then it’s something.
1) put your pronouns in your bio
2) follow/ listen to other trans/nb voices (@janetmock , @ashleemariepreston , @alokvmenon to name a few :))
3) practice using gender neutral pronouns with friends/ in a mirror
5) start to catch yourself making assumptions about people in public/ bathrooms/ any space
– Quinn, on Instagram