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Charles Spain to Become First Openly LGBTQ Appellate Court Justice

November 7, 2018—Texas Judge Steven Kirkland is the bearer of great news from the Lone Star State. “We added five new out LGBT judges, re-elected one, and promoted two others," according to Judge Kirkland. "One of the promotions is Municipal Judge Charles Spain, who was...

Ray Warren—The Charlotte Judge Who Made History When He Came Out

October 23, 2018 (Charlotte Magazine) By Barry Yeoman “Gay.” That one word altered Ray Warren’s life when he came out in 1998. He was the first Republican elected official in the state to do so—a piece of history that’s been long overlooked.   [caption id="attachment_2895" align="alignnone" width="800"] Ray Warren...

First Openly Gay State Supreme Court Justice to Retire

September 13, 2018 (Portland Tribune)—Justice Rives Kistler, who became the first openly LGBT state supreme court justice in the nation when he was appointed in 2003, will retire from the Oregon Supreme Court on December 31. Kistler announced his retirement Monday, September 10, in a letter...

Judge Helen Whitener Named Co-chair of Minority & Justice Commission

September 21, 2018 (Pierce County, WA)—Pierce County Superior Court Judge G. Helen Whitener has been elected co-chair of the Washington Supreme Court Minority and Justice Commission, taking up the position after longtime co-chair, Supreme Court Justice Charles Johnson, chose to step down. Justice Johnson served on...

Philadelphia Celebrates National Coming Out Day with LGBTQ Wedding Event

October 11, 2018 (Philadelphia City Hall)—Mayor Jim Kenney, Director for the Office of LGBT Affairs Amber Hikes, City Representative Sheila Hess, and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell were joined by esteemed LGBTQ+ judges Daniel Anders, Ann Butchart and Barbara McDermott, and LGBTQ+...

Lesbian Sworn In as Alameda County Court Commissioner

August 29, 2018 (Bay Area Reporter)—In a packed courtroom at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland Friday, August 24, lesbian former research attorney Bentrish Satarzadeh was publicly sworn in as an Alameda County court commissioner. Numerous judges, Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, California Court...