Canada has elected its first openly transgender city mayor

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Montreal town Très-Saint-Rédempteur has never had a female Mayor since it was founded 136 years ago. So Julie Lemieux has already made history. But what makes her win even more iconic is the fact that she is transgender. Though some voters even did not know about such a detail of her biography. According to a report by CBC, the residents of Très-Saint-Rédempteur, which is home to 900 people, said that they have a desire of changes in their town. One of Lemieux’s supporters said she believed the town’s decision was a “sign of openness” for everybody who feels somehow different in society. Lemiuex said her win “wasn’t the start of a movement, but the result of years of work by many to build tolerance in communities across the country.” Lemiuex said she was proud to be the first openly trans person elected, but even more proud to be the first woman. The town of Très-Saint-Rédempteur, a small community with deep Catholic roots, has seemingly changed a great deal since its beginnings. The new mayor said her victory 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.”

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