Thursday, June 19, 2014

In my neck of the woods we just got a gay African-American US judge

Darrin P. Gayles
Judge Darrin P. Gayles has been confirmed for appointment to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida which is one of the nation's busiest federal benches. Previously, Judge Gayles served as a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge since 2011. Gayles was born in Peoria, Illinois, in 1966. I'm sure that he appreciates our better weather (as do I). He earned a law degree from the George Washington University Law School.

Staci Michelle Yandle

The Senate also confirmed Judge Staci Michelle Yandle, an openly gay African-American woman, to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. She is the federal bench's second openly lesbian black woman.

This represents major progress for the LGBT community.

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