Victoria Kolakowski has a lot to be happy about right now. She won a seat in California’s Superior Court on November 2nd by just a few thousand votes. She narrowly took the election by 51%. Thought many that voted against her, did so primarily because of her trans-gendered nature, those who backed her did so because of her professional capabilities.
Victoria was born in 1961 in Queens New York. She transitioned from male to female in 1991 and met her wife, Cynthia Laird, in 1994. They became legally married on June 16th, 2008, the first day of legal same-sex marriage in California. Not only is Ms. Kolakowski active within the Trans community but she also avidly works for gay rights to marriage and domestic partnership benefits.
Ms. Kolakowski has maintained the position of Administrative Law Judge for the past few years which is covered by the legislation branch of Government, not judicial. So she is the first openly transgender US judge in American history. Ms. Kolakowski is also very active in the Transgender Community in California. She is on the Transgender Law Center’s Board of Directors.