First openly transgender Olympians are competing in Tokyo


Canada’s Quinn, left, and Chile’s Karen Araya vie for the ball during a women’s soccer match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Sapporo, Japan. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

TOKYO (AP) — Canadian soccer player Quinn became the first openly transgender athlete to participate in the Olympics when they started on Wednesday night for Canada’s 1-1 draw with Japan in Sapporo.

Quinn, who is nonbinary and uses they and them pronouns, came out as transgender last year.

Laurel Hubbard, a transgender woman, is competing in weightlifting for New Zealand.

Chelsea Wolfe, a transgender cyclist, is a reserve on the U.S. women’s BMX Freestyle team.

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