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First LGBT Judge Named to Sonoma County Court

July 11, 2018 (Bay Area Reporter)—California Governor Jerry Brown has named the first known LGBT judge to the Sonoma County Superior Court. Barbara Phelan, 57, a lesbian attorney who lives in Glen Ellen, was appointed by Brown in late June to fill a vacancy on the...

Tennessee Judge Rachel Bell Got Married and Came Out

June 3, 2018 (Out & About Nashville)—Davidson County General Sessions Court Judge Rachel L. Bell married Dorsha James, an emergency room doctor, this past February in a small, intimate ceremony. The two knew they would host a larger, more public event in June because, in...

New York’s Failla Commission Salutes Judge William Thom

June 19, 2018 (New York)—New York's first openly gay judge, William Thom, was honored at a forum entitled July 3, 1973: The Day the Court of Appeals Made Pride Possible in New York. The Pride Month event, hosted by the Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission...

Times of London Profiles Sir Terence Etherton

"I’m not an activist, but I think it is my duty to be open." May 31, 2018 (Times of London) -- When Sir Terence Etherton was practicing at the Chancery Bar, there was an unspoken policy that gay men would not be appointed to the bench because,...

Q&A: California Court of Appeals Justice Therese Stewart

In late 2014, The Recorder profiled Justice Therese Stewart, the first lesbian to serve openly as an appellate justice in California. Justice Therese Stewart took her seat on the First District Court of Appeals in August, becoming the first openly gay woman to serve as an...

Mike Jacobs Comes Out as First Openly Bisexual U.S. Judge

Georgia Judge Mike Jacobs has come out as the first openly bisexual judge in the United States. Jacobs made the announcement at the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia event on April 19, according to Project Q Atlanta. He also confirmed the announcement in a posting about...