Mayor Parker Appoints 1st Transgender Municipal Judge

Houston Attorney Phyllis Frye  made history Wednesday when she was confirmed as a part-time associate municipal judge.

Mayor Annise Parker nominated Frye, who was confirmed unanimously by Houston city council.

Frye will mainly hear docket cases and traffic cases, but her appointment is significant to people in her transgender community.

Here is a statement from Kristopher Banks, President of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus:

The Houston GLBT Political Caucus lauded Mayor Annise Parker for the
historic appointment of transgender law icon Phyllis Randolph Frye to
municipal court judge Wednesday, and congratulated Frye on her historic
achievement. Frye is the first transgender judge in Texas.

“Phyllis Frye is a true icon in our civil rights movement,” said Kris
Banks, Caucus president. “She is an internationally recognized pioneer,
and the Mayor is to be congratulated for her choice.”

Frye, of the law firm Frye and Associates, led the fight against
Houston’s anti-cross-dressing law in 1980. In 1991, she founded the
Transgender Law Conference. She and her firm are currently representing
Nikki Araguz, a transgender woman in Wharton, in her fight to enforce
the law and ensure her marriage to her late husband is recognized.

The Mayor also appointed Charles Spain, an openly gay attorney and chair
of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Issues of the State
Bar, as associate municipal court judge, and Josh Brockman, an openly
gay attorney, as hearings officer. All three new appointments and the
Mayor are Caucus members.

The Houston GLBT Political Caucus is the oldest civil rights
organization for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in
the South.

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