May 19, 2016 –University of Houston Law Center alumna Phyllis Randolph Frye, the nation's first openly transgendered judge, will appear May 26 on "10 Questions Live," the American Bar Association's monthly "Google Hangout."
Frye '81, who is hailed as the "grandmother of the transgender movement," is an associate municipal court judge and has a private practice focusing on transgender law.
Born Phillip Frye, an Eagle Scout, member of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M, and Army veteran, Frye faced difficulties transitioning to Phyllis. She was divorced, estranged from her son, blackballed in the engineering profession, and rejected for a government job. She decided to study law. Her attendance at the then-UH Bates College of Law prompted concerns over use of restrooms, an issue that has risen nationally more than 35 years later in the politically charged rhetoric over "bathroom laws."
On the 30-minute program, Frye will field questions on how she found happiness as a transgender woman and successful lawyer as well as about issues in today's headlines. Questions are sent in by listeners in advance as well as during the program.
Her appearance on "10 Questions Live" will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 26. Click here for more information, and to register and submit questions.