Transgender attorney and activist Phyllis Frye was appointed yesterday as an Associate Judge on the Houston Municipal Court. Appointed by Mayor Annise Parker, Frye was unanimously confirmed by the Houston City Council. Right-wing spokespeople of course accuse Mayor Parker, an open lesbian, of promoting some radical agenda.
Phyllis Frye has serious activist creds. I remember her in the 1970s, bravely standing for transgender rights when that made her a virtual loner. The Houston Chronicle story on her appointment notes that thirty years ago, in the same Houston City Council chamber, she succeeded in getting the city to repeal its ban on cross-dressing. Before there were groups devoted to trans rights, Phyllis gathered and shared resources, spoke at numerous conferences, and took a stand wherever she saw injustice. Her website documents her life and her contributions.
Congratulations are definitely in order as Phyllis embarks on this next stage of her illustrious career.