Nancy Polikoff

Phyllis Frye becomes Associate Judge of Houston Municipal Court

Filed By Nancy Polikoff | November 19, 2010 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Houston Municipal Court, Mayor Annise Parker, Phyllis Frye, transgender judge

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 PhyllisFrye.jpgHouston 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.


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Phyllis is the definition of trailblazer. She is an architect of the field of transgender law. What a great recognition of her years as an attorney.

And her firm is defending Nikki Araguz in the Delgado v.Araguz trans marriage case.

Angela Brightfeather | November 19, 2010 8:57 PM

I am so happy to hear this news about Phyllis and I add my congratulations to so many others who know her.

I have been privileged to have known Phyllis for many years. I marched with her in DC in '92 and held the other side of the only Transgender banner that was in the March to the Mall. I have always recognized that Phyllis was a cut above the rest when it comes to being a leader about anything she feels fearlessly about enough to try and change. She has never, ever wavered in her activism for Transgender people and has been the spearhead and consultant for every legal change that has benefitted our community.

When our history is written, it will be Phyllis Randolph Frye who will be remembered as one of the true heroes, hearts and leaders of our community and a role model for others to look up to and follow.

In a community under constant stress and still trying to find itself in many ways, Phyllis stands out as everyone's Transgender defender and she has never made any distinctions between one kind of Trans person or another, she has fought for all without fail and been devoted to everything that makes Transgender people unique and special.

Congratulations and thanks to Phyllis Frye for all her justice work! Thanks, Nancy, for bring the news to light.

Shannon Price Minter | November 19, 2010 10:26 PM

Phyllis is the godmother of the trans movement in the U.S. I would probably not have transitioned without her encouragement and support—and she has been unfailingly supportive to every trans attorney I know, and introduced most of us to each other. I really love her.