At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Quinn made headlines as not only the first openly transgender athlete to compete, but also the first openly transgender athlete to win an Olympic medal of any kind. As a midfielder for the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team, Quinn helped the team earn a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics and the historic gold medal at the 2020 Games.
Making their international debut in soccer in 2013, Quinn is both a professional player for Canada’s National Team as well as for OL Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League. Quinn was drafted third overall in the NWSL 2018 College Draft, earning the title of highest drafted Canadian player in NWSL history.
In September 2020, Quinn came out publicly as transgender after constantly being misgendered by society and by the media. In doing so, Quinn also became a visible figure for younger people — and anyone — who may be questioning or exploring their gender identity.
Quinn is a vocal advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, especially when it comes to sports. Quinn has been involved with Athlete Ally since they were a collegiate athlete at Duke University. Quinn worked with Duke alumni and other activists in the LGBTQ+ community to fight against anti-transgender legislation that limits or prohibits the participation of transgender athletes in sports.
Quinn also serves on the Canadian Olympic Committee Athletes Commission and helps lead the Canadian National Team Players Association.