Canada is considered being one of the most progressive countries of the world in LGBT rights protection and promotion. More than that, the country boasts of the most gay-friendly Prime Minister on the globe, who has been heterosexual himself. Justine Trudeau is a significant and strong supporter of LGBT rights and equality in Canada and world-known human rights advocate. Besides, many Canadian high-ranked officials were representatives of a queer community at one time or another.
Recently, it became known that an openly transgender woman became the first mayor of a town in Canada. Julie Lemieux became also the first in town’s history female mayor of Très-Saint-Rédempteur in Montreal. Citizens of Très-Saint-Rédempteur, who supported Lemieux, have admitted that the woman’s gender identity was the last thing they were thinking about during the voting. People said they’ve only wanted changes for better. “I think this opens up 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”, commented one of Lemieux supporters. The newly-elected transgender mayor admitted that her victory is believed to be a result of long-standing hard work by many people in order to build tolerance in societies all over the world. Transgender woman’s victory is a remarkable event in such a small town, as Très-Saint-Rédempteur that also has deep Catholic roots. According to Julie Lemieux, her win showed 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.”