Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Canada Elects First Transgender Mayor
Julie Lemieux has become the first openly transgender person to be elected to the office of mayor in the Canadian town of Tres-Saint-Redempteur in Montreal.
Lemieux served on the towns municipality council for four years before running for mayor, and is also the towns first female mayor in its 137 year history.
She told the press that she was proud to be both the first transgender person to hold the position in the town, but also the first woman. She also stated that she believed her win 'wasn't the start of a movement, but the result of years of work by many to build tolerance in our communities across the country.'
She went on to say that her win shows that 'people from rural areas are open-minded and shouldn't be seen as out-of-touch just because they don't live in cities'.
According to a report made by CBC, those who voted for Lemieux did so not because she is transgender, but because they wanted positive change in their community.
One of her supporters said, 'I think this opens the door to anyone who feels different in society. It doesn't matter who you are - if you want to do something then you should do it.'
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