Canadian international soccer player Quinn came out publicly as transgender in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
In a post encouraging both inclusion and visibility, Quinn explained steps that cisgender people can follow to become better allies to trans, queer and non-binary people.
"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
5) start to catch yourself making assumptions about people in public/ bathrooms/ any space”
Quinn has made 59 appearances for Canada, including 32 starts and has five goals and three assists.
They were a member of the 2016 bronze medal winning Olympic team in Rio.
Quinn is currently on loan from the NWSL OL Reign to Swedish club Vittsjö GIK.