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Pride Month Heritage Spotlight: Judge Judith Levy

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Judge Judith E. Levy considers the Stonewall rebellion in 1969 as the tipping point in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community’s quest for equality and inclusion.

“We need to continue to make progress, so that everybody is fully embraced and supported for being whoever they are,” said Levy, who is the first openly lesbian U.S. district judge in the Eastern District of Michigan.

In recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month, a new video profile explores Levy’s experience coming out, her pursuit of a career in law, and the social change advocates who inspired her.

She hopes her presence on the bench encourages young people to be their “whole self” while also pursuing their career goals.

Prior to her appointment to the Ann Arbor federal court in 2014, Levy worked as a law clerk, a trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan.

Learn about the first LGBTQ judge in the federal Judiciary and other Pride Month resources. 

Related Topics: Judicial History

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