First Openly ‘Transgender’ Judge Appointed to California Bench

First Openly ‘Transgender’ Judge Appointed to California Bench

California has appointed its first openly ‘transgender’ judge, announced Governor Gavin Newsom (D) on Friday.

Judge Andi Mudryk, 58, who “transitioned” four years ago, is one of eight new appointees to serve on the Sacramento County Superior Court.

“I’m humbled, honored, and I’m thrilled,” Mudryk told the L.A. Times. “I’m grateful to Gov. Newsom for creating a vision of California for all.”

Social justice advocates throughout the state lauded the move as a victory for “diversity and equity.”

“The values of diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to the State Bar’s mission, and I thank our Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation for their important work, and I applaud Gov. Newsom on his commitment to a diverse judiciary,” Leah Wilson, executive director of the State Bar of California, wrote in a statement.

“Superior Court Judge Andi Mudryk’s appointment is a touchstone moment in California history that will lead to more opportunities for transgender people throughout the legal profession.”

Vicky Kolakowski, California’s first-ever transgender judge elected in 2010, congratulated Mudryk’s appointment on Friday, saying she’s glad to have a “trans colleague” on the bench.

Equity California called Mudryk’s appointment a “milestone” for the “LGBTQ+ community.”

One hardly needs to wonder how Mudryk would rule in cases related to transgender individuals competing in women’s sports, which has become a hot-button issue in recent months, culminating with transgender swimmer Lia Thomas claiming victories in numerous female competitions.

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