WASHINGTON, D.C. — This past week saw historic transgender participation in the Tokyo Olympics as three transgender and non-binary athletes competed in their respective sports for the first time in the history of the international games. Early Monday, Quinn (they/them), a midfielder for the Canadian women’s Olympic soccer team, became the first transgender or non-binary athlete to ever secure a medal in the games as Canada advanced to the final versus Japan, guaranteeing Canada a spot on the podium. Laurel Hubbard (she/her) competed in women’s weightlifting for New Zealand but fell short of advancing to the medal round of competition. Alana Smith (they/them) competed earlier in the week in women’s street skateboarding representing the United States, also falling short of medal round qualification. Chelsea Wolfe (she/her) is also in Tokyo as an alternate for the United States’ BMX freestyle team. Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement celebrating a historic week at the Olympics:
This is the first Olympic games in which transgender athletes have competed. This year’s games mark the largest contingent of LGBTQ Olympic athletes, who total more than 160 this year.
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