First openly transgender trial judge elected in California

Judge Victorie KolakowskiAlameda County has become home to the first transgender trial judge in the country as Victoria Kolakowski won the race to fill an empty seat on the county’s Superior Court bench.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting results, Kolakowski held 50.2 percent of the vote against Deputy District Attorney John Creighton, who had 48.7 percent.

The race gave voters a distinct choice between a candidate with unquestionable experience and one who would have brought a new level of diversity to a bench populated by prosecutors and men.

Read the full story on The Oakland Tribune

Marriage Equality On Hold In California

The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay on Judge Walker’s ruling which declared California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Marriages, which were expected to resume this week, are on hold until the appeal decisoin. The court, however, demanded Prop 8 supporters to supply evidence as to why their appeal should even be heard and not simply thrown out. SF Gate has more details.

Courage Campaign is collecting 1 million signatures in support of marriage equality. Add your name to the list and send the video to your friends & family to let them know that equality matters.

Proposition 8 Decision Day: Unconstitutional

A minister from Middle Collegiate Church holds a sigin reading 'Middle Church for same-sex marriage'California was given a "do over" as the decision in Perry v. Schwarzenegger was handed down, today, August 4 (www.hrc.org). There are major implications for all of uswithin the LGBTQ & A community which we will address more thoroughly in a later alert. This notice is to help everyone understand what has happened in the past and what happened today. We want to acknowledge Chris Geidner, Washington, D.C. for his excellent comments regarding the context for today’s decision contained herein.

Read the full comments (and discuss them) on our blog.