The Olympics’ First-Ever Non-Binary Athletes Have Already Been Misgendered

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The Olympics’ First-Ever Non-Binary Athletes Have Already Been Misgendered

For the first time in the history of the Games, there will be openly trans athletes competing. There are at least four openly trans athletes, from three different countries, in Tokyo. (Trans women Laurel Hubbard, a weightlifter from New Zealand, and Chelsea Wolfe, a BMX rider from the U.S. who is an alternate, are the other two trans athletes.) Non-binary visibility on the biggest stage in sports is a huge deal, and going into the Games, many fans wondered how the media would fare in covering the non-binary athletes. Until then, non-binary athletes will have to hope that the mostly cis media members covering them care enough to do the work to get it right.

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