Canada swears in first transgender judge
Kael McKenzie was appointed to the bench in December 2015, and will become Canada’s first transgender judge.
On Friday, Kael McKenzie made history when he was sworn in at the Winnipeg law courts as a judge, becoming the first transgender judge in Canada. He was officially designated a judge in December.
He is noted by the Manitoba Bar Association for his dedication to community involvement, including as a member of various LGBTQ organizations and law organizations.
The new judge told the crowd at the ceremony he received support from across Canada shortly after his appointment was announced.
He took time to specially thank his family that flew in from across Canada for the event.
McKenzie’s spouse and two sons sat in the front row for the ceremony. “This day would not be complete without (my sons),” said McKenzie.
What a milestone! Congratulations, sir.