When Audrey Gauthier was elected president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local 4041, representing Air Transat flight attendants, on November 1 she had a sense something special might have happened. Gauthier is openly transsexual, and she knew that there weren’t many other openly trans-people holding positions of power in the labour movement.
"I am the only one in Canada?" she wondered. Gauthier went to National Pink Triangle Committee, CUPE’s LGBTT rights group, and asked them to find out. They got back to her -- not only is she the first openly transsexual president of a union local in Canada, she is the second in the world.