Transgender lawyer Henry Sias is vying for a seat on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
We learned all about the aspiring judge from an article published on the PinkNews website, and we couldn’t help but share the exciting and possibly historical news with you, our readers.
The Yale Law School graduate has been working as a criminal defence and civil rights lawyer in Philadelphia, where he also serves as a Commissioner on Pennsylvania’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs.
The 42-year-old Sias is no stranger to the campaign trail as he already attempted to make history in 2017 but unfortunately didn’t win the election. However, you know what they say, “try and try again.” And that is just what he’s doing.
“I’m running for judge because I know what it’s like to be marginalised and disenfranchised,” Sias said in his campaign video introducing himself to potential voters.
“Men like me, transgender men, are not supposed to be visible. We have never won an election for state or federal office, let alone judge.”
Interesting enough, Sias isn’t the only person in the LGBTQI community that is currently running for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The field has a couple of other LGBTQI individuals campaigning for the seat.
As profiled in Philadelphia Gay News, two other candidates for vying for one of the six positions currently available are members of the LGBT+ community—openly lesbian attorney Tiffany Palmer, who is a champion of LGBT+ families, and openly gay attorney Wade Albert.
It looks like identity politics isn’t going to be the deciding factor for LGBTQI voters in this well-diverse judge race. It’s sure going to be interesting to see who wins the election.
The primary vote in the election is held on May 21, before the general election on November 5.
To read PinkNews complete article click here.
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