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Footballer Rebecca Quinn comes out as transgender in emotional Instagram post to help inspire ‘queer folx’

CANADIAN international footballer Rebecca Quinn came out as transgender via an emotional Instagram post.

The 25-year-old midfielder made the announcement to help inspire ‘queer folx’ while challenging others to be more accepting.

They wrote on Instagram: “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.”

Hi hi this year @playingforpride will be a raffle for a signed Quinn pride reign jersey- in order to enter please respond to this post with a screenshot of your donation confirmation ( donate through link in my bio) and the winner will be chosen in 48 hours! Check out rad athletes advocating in the sports community: @layshiac @jasoncollins_98 @team_patricio_manuel

A post shared by Quinn (@thequinny5) on Jun 30, 2020 at 2:01pm PDT

WE ARE GOING TO TOKYO !

A post shared by Quinn (@thequinny5) on Feb 7, 2020 at 7:16pm PST

Quinn plays for Washington-based OL Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League and is currently on loan to Swedish side Vittsjo GIK.

They went to both the 2019 World Cup and 2016 Olympics with Canada.

And finished their post with five tips for cis people – those whose gender identity matches their sex assigned at birth.

They added: “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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