Quinn is a professional soccer player and, in 2021, helped Team Canada win their first-ever gold medal in soccer at the Tokyo Olympics. In doing so, they made history as the first openly transgender, nonbinary athlete to compete at an Olympic Games, to win a medal, and to win a gold medal. Prior to playing in Tokyo, Quinn represented Canada at the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016, and helped the team earn a bronze medal, but they were not known publicly as trans at the time (in 2016, the number of out LGBTQ+ athletes was 56; fast forward to 2021, and that group has grown to at least 180).
Quinn’s historic moment is only a few years removed from the 2004 decision that solidified trans athletes being eligible to compete in the Olympics. Understanding the importance of representation and driving change, Quinn uses their platform and story to continue the conversation around the inclusion of transgender and nonbinary athletes in sports, and to be visible to members of the LGBTQ+ community — regardless of whether they play sports or not.