Dr. Lorne Warneke, a man who's being remembered as a pioneer for Edmonton's LGBTQ community, has died. Sept. 3, 2020.

The Edmonton doctor who founded Canada's first gender clinic in 1995 has died.

Dr. Lorne Warneke died last Friday after he fell in his home.

Warneke, a psychiatrist, is being remembered as a pioneer for Edmonton's LGTBQ2S+ community.

"He had to fight every step of the way that LGBTQ people would be recognized as people with equality treatment and dignity and respect," said LGTBQ2S+ advocate Kristopher Wells.

"It's just a devastating loss for the LGBT community, and for our city and for our country. Dr. Warneke was a national treasure."

Wells said Warneke's testimony contributed to the Supreme Court of Canada ruling that made sexual orientation a protected human right in Canada.

Warneke's celebration of life will be held at a later date due to COVID-19 restrictions.