home
arts
literature
social sciences
special features
discussion
about glbtq
   search

 
   Encyclopedia
   Discussion
 
 
 
 
Advertising Opportunities
Press Kit
Research Guide
Terms of Service
Privacy Policy
Copyright
 
site guide
search tips
research guide
editors & contributors
contact us
send feedback
write the editor
 
 
 
 
subscribe
Subscribe to our free e-mail newsletter to receive a spotlight on glbtq culture every month.
e-mail address:
 
 
 
  unsubscribe
 
 
Popular Topics in The Arts
Drag Shows: Drag Queens and Female Impersonators Drag Shows: Drag Queens and Female Impersonators
Female impersonation need say nothing about sexual identity, but it has for a long time been almost an institutionalized aspect of gay male culture.
 
Photography: Gay Male, Pre-Stonewall Photography: Gay Male, Pre-Stonewall
Although sparse in images documenting the gay community, pre-Stonewall gay male photography blurs the boundaries between art, erotica, and social history.
 
Erotic and Pornographic Art: Gay Male Erotic and Pornographic Art: Gay Male
Given the historic stigma around making, circulating, and possessing overtly homoerotic images, the visual arts have been especially important for providing a socially sanctioned arena for depicting the naked male body and suggesting homoerotic desire.
 
New Queer Cinema
Independent films that aggressively assert homosexual identity and queer culture, the New Queer Cinema can be seen as the culmination of several developments in American cinema.
 
White, Minor
Renowned photographer, teacher, critic, editor, and curator, Minor White created some of the most interesting photographs of male nudes of the second half of the twentieth century, but did not exhibit them for fear of scandal.
 
Halston (Roy Halston Frowick)
The first international fashion superstar, Halston dressed and befriended some of America's most glamorous women.
 
Surrealism Surrealism
An artistic movement that grew out of Dadaism and flourished in Europe shortly after World War I, Surrealism embraced the idea that art was an expression of the subconscious.
 
Winfield, Paul
Film, stage, and television actor Paul Winfield was openly gay in his private life, but maintained public silence about his homosexuality.
 
Congratulations
 
Congratulations to Judith Levy
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 03/13/14
Last updated on: 03/13/14
 
Bookmark and Share

Congratulations to Judith Levy, who on March 12, 2014 was confirmed to a seat on the federal judiciary. Levy, who was nominated to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, was confirmed by a unanimous vote of 97-O. She will become the tenth openly gay judge to serve in the federal judiciary.

As Chris Johnson reported in the Washington Blade, Levy has been an assistant U.S. Attorney for Eastern Michigan since 2000, and since 2011, chief of the office's civil rights division. She was rated by the American Bar Association as "unanimously qualified."

Levy was educated at the University of Michigan, where she received a B.S. degree in 1981 and a J.D. degree in 1996. From 1996 to 1999, she served as a law clerk to Judge Bernard A. Friedman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, who recently presided over DeBoer v. Snyder, the Michigan marriage trial.

Levy has been a member of the Human Rights Campaign from 2001 to present and is a board member for DOJ Pride, the affinity group for LGBT employees at the Justice Department. She will become the first openly gay judge to serve on federal court in Michigan.

D'Arcy Kemnitz, executive director of the LGBT Bar Association, commended the Senate for confirming Levy and for increasing glbtq representation on the federal judiciary.

"Judith Levy will make an incredible addition to Michigan's judiciary," Kemnitz said. "LGBT representation in our courts is critical and speaks to the tremendous advocacy and support our community has received."

Shin Inouye, a White House spokesperson, commended the Senate for confirming Levy and said her record will make her an excellent contribution to the federal judiciary.

"The President welcomes the confirmation of Judith Levy," Inouye said. "She will serve the American people well from the Eastern District of Michigan bench.

Other openly gay federal judges include Judge Vaughn Walker, who was nominated by President Reagan to the Northern District of California; now retired, he did not come out until 2010 when he presided over the Proposition 8 trial; and Judge Deborah Batts, the first openly lesbian federal judge, who was nominated by President Clinton and serves in a "senior status" on the Southern District of New York bench.

The other openly gay judges were all nominated by President Obama. They include the following. Judge J. Paul Oetken and Judge Alison Nathan both sit on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Judge Michael Fitzgerald sits on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Judge Pamela Ki Mai Chen serves on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; Judge Michael McShane serves on the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon; Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro serves on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Judge Todd Hughes, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal District, is the first openly gay judge to sit on an appellate bench.

Edward DuMont was nominated for seat on the serve on, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, but withdrew his nomination after there was no movement on it over the course of two sessions of Congress.

Judge William Thomas was nominated in October 2012 to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, but his nomination was blocked by Senator Marco Rubio. Had Thomas been confirmed, he would have been the first openly gay African-American federal judge.

An openly lesbian African American, Staci Michelle Yandle, has been nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Illinois. Her nomination was approved on March 12, 2014 by the Senate Judiciary Committee and will soon be voted on by the full Senate.

 
Related Encyclopedia Entries
 
browse:   arts   literature   social-sciences   discussion boards
 
learn more about glbtq       contact us       advertise on glbtq.com
 
Bookmark and Share

glbtq™ and its logo are trademarks of glbtq, Inc.
This site and its contents Copyright © 2002-2014, glbtq, Inc.

Your use of this site indicates that you accept its Terms of Service.