When it comes to embracing LGBT rights and people, Canada is awesome! Not only were they early adopters of marriage equality, but they have just appointed their first ever out transgender judge.

Taking his seat in the Manitoba Court this week, Kael McKenzie’s appointment attracted a fair bit of attention amongst Canada’s legal fraternity, but thankfully for all of the right reasons.

“Kael is the first self-identified transgender judge in Canada and that is something to be celebrated,” a fellow judge said at his swearing-in ceremony.

McKenzie’s appointment was made back in December and since that time, the newly appointed judge says he has been blown away by the amount of support he has received.

“I’m just so grateful for the faith that’s been bestowed upon me,” McKenzie said.

Speaking at his swearing in ceremony, McKenzie said he was particularly touched by a number of parents with trans kids who had approached him since his appointment.

“They acknowledged their fears for their childrens’ futures, and somehow my appointment helped allay some of those fears,” he said.

“They came out with a message of renewed hope that their children would have bright and prosperous futures, regardless of their gender identity.”

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