One of this year's Occupation Double contestants has been making waves in the media ever since she made it on the Québécois reality TV show.\nThis contestant was the first-ever openly trans woman to appear on Quebec reality television.\nRead all about Khate Lessard and her influence below!\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\n\nSo, one thing that continues to separate anglophone Quebecers from francophones is what we choose to watch on TV. As an anglophone, I can say that I rarely go out of my way to watch French-language television. Not because it's in French necessarily, but because there are a million other things out there, I suppose. But, whenever I'm with my franco friends, I suddenly want to start watching the Quebec reality TV show Occupation Double, since it's all Québécois Millennials seem to talk about... \nThe show undoubtedly seems ultra heteronormative, as the producers have men and women living in separate houses for the majority of the show, and its entire purpose is for the candidates to "find love" with people from the opposite houses.\nBut beyond all the seemingly high school drama, the show has been a launching pad for some of its contestants' careers. Khate Lessard is one of these people. Although she only stayed on the show for a week, she managed to make her presence known, and since then, she's been inspiring her followers both in Quebec and internationally.\nKhate has been a very active voice in conversations about the LGBTQ+ community in Quebec. She has defended the community's rights time and time again on her YouTube channel, and now uses her Instagram as a platform to share uplifting messages.\nThis 23-year-old woman has been making waves online and has gained a huge fan base in the process.\n\nIn Khate's introductory video for Occupation Double, she says (translated from French to English):\n"I am a girl from Abitibi, I am a beneficiary worker and I also give lectures to talk about my career and help young people who have questions. I am really proud to be the first trans woman on OD... I'm an authentic woman... OD is giving me the chance to bring visibility for trans women on this TV show because we've never seen this before."\n View this post on Instagram PLEIN DE LOVES 💎 Crédit photo : Karine paradis A post shared by KHATE (@khate.od_officiel) on Nov 5, 2019 at 3:31am PST\n\nIn one of her videos with Marie-Mai, the famous Québécoise singer confesses to Khate that she considers her a source of inspiration and says we need more people out there like her who say "hi, we're allowed to be who we want to be."\n\nIt's a sentiment that many of Khate's followers share. Since she left the show, Khate has posted a series of photos and updates that have garnered widespread attention and praise.\nA month ago, for example, she introduced her Instagram followers to her new boyfriend.\n View this post on Instagram Et voilà! Je vous présente celui que vous étiez tous tellement curieux et impatients de rencontrer ! 😂 Celui qui me rend heureuse chaque jour. ❤️ J'ai connu cet homme l'été dernier dans mon p'tit coin de l'Abitibi. Une rencontre totalement innatendue ! À ce moment-là, nos plans n'étaient pas du tout les mêmes, j'ai donc tenté ma chance à Occupation Double ! MAIS la vie fait bien les choses ❤️ et nous nous sommes retrouvés par la suite ! Et c'est le début d'une longue histoire d'amour ... A post shared by KHATE (@khate.od_officiel) on Oct 27, 2019 at 5:27pm PDT\n\nIn her photo caption, she explains that the two met last year in her hometown of Abitibi, where it seemed at first that their plans would separate them. But, as Khate writes, "la vie fait bien les choses" — "life does things well."\nShe got over 49,000 likes on this picture.\n\nAnother recent big step in Khate's journey was a post in which the star poses in a bikini where she opens up about gender affirmation surgery and shares a message of body positivity.\n"There are barely 10 days left before my shrimp is taken away from me. Finally!!!!! BUT I absolutely wanted to show off my shrimp before it leaves for good! Why? Why?? Because being physically different is no reason to hide it! 👌🏾 I am proud to display a body that corresponds to a minority and brings a touch of hope and "I don't care" to the people who will recognize themselves in it."\n View this post on Instagram Il reste à peine 10 jours avant qu'on m'enlève ma crevette. Enfin !!! MAIS je tenais absolument à mettre ma crevette en valeur avant qu'elle parte pour de bon ! Pourquoi ?? Parce qu'être différent corporellement n'est pas une raison de la cacher pour autant ! 👌🏾Je suis fière d'afficher un corps qui correspond à une minorité et d'apporter un brin d'espoir et de "je m'en foutisme" aux gens qui s'y reconnaîtront. A post shared by KHATE (@khate.od_officiel) on Nov 14, 2019 at 9:06am PST\n\nHer powerful words went viral. She has continued to be open about her gender affirmation surgery, in which she received vaginoplasty.\nAccording to her Instagram stories, Khate is still in the hospital recovering, but she made sure to let her fans know that everything went well.\n\nNext on Khate's agenda is becoming a collaborator for the talk-show Les Semaines Des 4 Julie, which will begin on January 6, 2020, on V Tele.\n View this post on Instagram SURPRISE !! Je suis officiellement une collaboratrice sur le Nouveau talk-show à Julie ❤️ Dès le 6 janvier prochain !! @lasemainedes4julie Crédit photo : @bertexertier A post shared by KHATE (@khate.od_officiel) on Nov 19, 2019 at 12:03pm PST\n\nThe official V Tele Instagram account commented on Khate's photo announcing this news, saying "we can't wait to follow your journey."\nClearly, this is just the beginning of Khate's success, and it's exciting to know that LGBTQ+ voices are becoming more and more heard in our province.\nFollow Khate on Instagram here!