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Halifax lawyers to walk in city's annual Pride parade

Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 10:47 AM | By Paula Kulig

Nova Scotia lawyers will be walking for the second year as a profession in the Halifax Pride parade on July 22.

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the provincial branch of the Canadian Bar Association are co-ordinating the “Legally Proud” effort. Lawyers and their colleagues, friends and families plan to gather at 11:30 a.m. at the Halifax Dockyard to don rainbow tabs and walk together in the downtown parade route, which follows Upper Water Street, Barrington Street, Spring Garden Road and South Park Street.

On July 20, the barristers’ society and the SOGI (Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity) section of CBA-NS co-hosted the 15th annual Pride reception in the Delta Halifax Bluenose Ballroom. This year’s guest speaker was Judge Kael McKenzie of the Manitoba provincial court. A member of the Manitoba Métis Nation, Judge McKenzie is Canada’s first self-identified transgender judge.

He has served as co-chair of the CBA’s SOGI conference, vice-president of the Manitoba Bar Association’s executive committee, the Manitoba chair of the CBA and president of the Rainbow Resource Centre.