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First US transgender trial judge is sworn in

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  1. That is so cool, next world domination :)

    I dread to think being type of discrimination and hardship she had to endure to get where she is now, but congratulations to her.

  2. An Cat Dubh 6 Jan 2011, 8:34pm

    ‘Kowalowski’? Kowalowska!

  3. Christine Beckett 7 Jan 2011, 9:24am

    “‘Kowalowski’? Kowalowska!”

    Good point, An Cat Gubh.

    But the feminine form is rarely if everused in the west now. It would cause an administrative nightmare if it was… :-)

  4. > But the feminine form is rarely if everused in
    > the west now. It would cause an administrative
    > nightmare if it was… :-)

    But Poland is a member of the European Union, which is the “west”. Its membership has caused many problems, but “administrative nightmare” is not one of them. Are you saying the great melting pot that is the USA is administratively incompetent? :-)

  5. TheSuburbanBi 11 Jan 2011, 11:35am

    Congratulations to Kowalowski!

    And no, the US does not automatically recognise feminised name endings unless the bearer of the name fills in the right forms for a name change. It’s got nothing to do with what bureaucrat might get a headache, it can be done if she wishes, and all it would take a few weeks of paperwork, paying a few fees, and a lot announcements being sent out to everyone and your credit card company who needs to know.

    Just a headache most Americans of, say, Polish or Russian descent just don’t bother with.

  6. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 16 Jan 2011, 2:30pm

    Congratulations to the first Transgender person as a trial judge – we are finally making progress in 2011 (something the Republican tea-baggers know absolutely nothing about)!!!!!!

  7. This is an amazing story! So pleased for her!

    Congratulations Victoria!!!

  8. Alyson Meiselman 28 Jan 2011, 8:43pm

    Actually, Judge Kowalowski is the second to be sworn in since Phyllis Randolph Frye was sworn in on Nov. 17, 2010, in Houston, Texas, USA. Judge Kowalowski is the first elected, Judge Frye is the first appointed, to their respective courts.

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