Making History

#KVELLING! Mazal tov to CBST Member Seth Marnin, the first openly trans man appointed to a judgeship in the United States. NY Gov. Kathy Hochul made the appointment. At CBST, Seth was also the co-chair of our first Trans Jews Are Here Convening and has been a guest speaker at Shabbat services.

Via Them: “New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has ushered in a major milestone for transgender people, appointing the first openly trans man to serve as a judge in U.S. history.

“Seth Marnin, one of 15 appointees the governor’s office announced Wednesday, currently serves at Columbia University as the Director of Training & Education, Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action. 

“But if he is officially confirmed by the heavily Democratic state senate, Marnin will become a judge of the New York Court of Claims, which handles litigation against the state and its related entities. Marnin’s confirmation will mark the first time an out trans man has held any judge’s office in the U.S.

” ‘It was not so long ago that a trans person becoming a judge was unimaginable,’ Marnin wrote in a statement to Gay City News on Wednesday. ‘I hope my nomination and service inspires young trans people and that I can serve as a role model.'”

Seth, may you go from strength to strength! We can’t wait to watch you make history. 

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Photo via Them via Columbia University.