Marie Laure Leclercq (MBA) started her career, and indeed her life, as a male. According to the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) National Magazine, when she began the process of changing her gender in 1995, it was what she calls an act of survival.
For years, the former Mr Leclercq had been hiding growing feelings of unease in his gender and suffering from depression, but at the time, transgender people had to jump through hoops before becoming eligible for gender-reassignment surgery.
Ms Leclercq became a voice for Quebec’s trans people, and helped found CBA Quebec’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference (SOGIC). In 2016, she was given the CBA SOGIC Hero Award for her on-going efforts to improve the situation for the LGBT community.