This week read about Quinn becoming the first non-binary athlete to compete in the Olympics, Tommy Dorfman coming out as transgender, and a new unscripted lesbian docuseries coming to Amazon Studios.
Soccer Player Becomes First Trans Athlete to Compete in the Olympics
Quinn, a midfielder for the Canadian women’s soccer team, became the first openly transgender athlete to participate in the Olympics. Quinn identifies as nonbinary and took to Instagram to express their feelings: “I feel proud seeing ‘Quinn’ up on the lineup and on my accreditation. I feel sad knowing there were Olympians before me unable to live their truth because of this world,” they wrote. “I feel optimistic for change. Change in legislature, Changes in rules, structures, and mindsets.”
This is Quinn’s second Olympics as they won a bronze medal with the Canadian Men’s soccer team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
“Mostly, I feel aware of the realities,” Quinn continued. “Trans girls being banned from sports. Trans women facing discrimination and bias while trying to pursue their Olympic dreams. The fight isn’t close to over ... and I’ll celebrate when we’re all here.”
‘13 Reasons Why’ Star Tommy Dorfman Comes Out as Trans
Tommy Dorfman. Photo via Instagram
Tommy Dorfman, star of Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” has confirmed that she is transgender.
Dorfman told Time magazine, “I view today as a reintroduction to me as a woman, having made a transition medically … Today is about clarity: I am a trans woman. My pronouns are she/her. My name is Tommy.”
Dorfman has been privately identifying and living as a trans woman for a year. During this time, the 29-year-old’s physical evolution has been documented on her Instagram feed creating an online discussion about her body and sexuality. Dorfman will continue to be known as Tommy and will no longer accept male roles. Tommy’s first female role will be in “Sharp Stick,” a film written and directed by Lena Dunham.
Amazon Studios to Release ‘Tampa Baes’ - An Unscripted Lesbian Docuseries
"Tampa Baes." Credit: Amazon.
Amazon Studios is moving forward with a new show “Tampa Baes,” an unscripted docuseries from 3 Ball Productions. The show will follow a group of young lesbian friends in Tampa “navigating and celebrating” life.
Showrunner Melissa Bidwell told Deadline, “Working on this show has been an incredible experience, and as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I’m thrilled this type of series can exist in the premium streaming space. The cast is truly dynamic, refreshing and unlike any I’ve worked with ー they certainly won’t disappoint! Viewers everywhere will be able to relate to them in one way or another, and I can’t wait for the world to fall in love with our Tampa Baes.”
The show is set to be released this fall on Amazon Prime.
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.