On November 1 Audrey Gauthier was elected president of CUPE 4041, representing Air Transat flight attendants based in Montreal. She becomes the first openly trans person elected president of a local in Canada.
While she’s proud of the accomplishment, Gauthier believes the membership chose her because she can help unite them.
“I’m proud to be the first transsexual member elected president of a local, and for LGBTTI rights it’s something that’s important, but our members don’t really see me as different. They just see me as a woman, period,” said Gauthier.
“I was elected to unite people. My goal is to build a strong relationship between the local and our component.”