It was great to see former Burnaby-Douglas MP Bill Siksay in today's Pride parade.
If he was still in office, he would have been the first politician in the procession.
Siksay tried valiantly to enshrine human-rights protections for transgender people at the federal level. His private member's bill remarkably made it through the House of Commons, but ran into opposition from Conservative senators. When an election was called, the bill died.
It was a fitting tribute for the parade organizers to give Siskay a prominent spot. He ventured where few politicians dare to tread: standing up for people who don't fit comfortably within society's notion of gender.