Please excuse the somewhat shaky video - but what a joy to hear Alameda County Superior Court Judge Victoria Kolakowski at the 2011 San Francisco Equality Awards talk so movingly about her marriage to BAR News Editor Cynthia Laird - twice - and how Equality California made her 2010 race a priority. She went on to make history, becoming the first openly transgender person elected to the superior court.
Judge Kolakowski was honored with the 2011 Equality and Justice Award and was introduced by another transgender hero, Shannon Minter, Legal Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Read BAR's story on the event here.
The video is after the jump.