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Canadian international midfielder Rebecca Quinn comes out as transgender

Canadian international midfielder Rebecca Quinn has come out as transgender on social media during the Tuesday and states their pronouns as “they/them.”

The 25-year-old as a player belongs at the moment to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) side OL Reign, but is currently on loan to Swedish Damallsvenskan club Vittsjö GIK.

On Tuesday Quinn revealed that they had been living as trans for “years”:

“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. 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.”

For the Canadian senior national team Quinn made debut at the age of 18 in 2014 and played the World Cup at home soil for their country in 2015. The year after Quinn was part of the Canadian team who won bronze at the Rio Olympics in 2016. In 2019 the midfielder was part of the country’s squad for the World Cup in 2019, where they were kicked out of the tournament in the Round of 16 match against Sweden. In total Quinn has played 57 senior international matches for Canada.

Quinn are one of the most prominent North American athletes to come out as transgender. Earlier the triathlete Chris Mosier began their athletics career as a woman and later in 2015 competed for the United States as a man.

In the social media post Quinn also stressed the importance of representation and allyship:

“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. 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.”

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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. 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. 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. 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 4) vote 5) start to catch yourself making assumptions about people in public/ bathrooms/ any space

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In the end of the post Quinn listed some thoughts on how others can be allies for the trans community:

“One, put your pronouns in your bio. Two, follow/ listen to other trans/non-binary voices. Three practice using gender neutral pronouns with friends/ in a mirror. Four, vote. Five, start to catch yourself making assumptions about people in public/ bathrooms/ any space.”

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