Three openly LGBT candidates have announced runs for 10-year judgeships on the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, which rules on civil, criminal and family matters.

Henry Sias, Tiffany Palmer and Wade Albert are running as Democrats in the May 21 primary. A primary win would ensure a follow-up victory in the Nov. 5 general election because the city is overwhelmingly Democratic.

The court currently has 93 judges. Currently, there are six vacancies, but others may arise as 11 incumbents whose terms expire in January 2020 decide whether or not to seek another term by running in the May primary. Candidates must file nominating petitions signed by at least 1,000 registered Democratic voters in Philadelphia by March 12 in order to have their name appear on the ballot for the Democratic primary.

Henry Sias, 42, is a trans man and civil-rights attorney based in South Philadelphia. He was unsuccessful in his 2017 bid for a seat on the court but made a strong showing and is trying again.

Three openly LGBT candidates have announced runs for 10-year judgeships on the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, which rules on civil, criminal and family matters.

Henry Sias, Tiffany Palmer and Wade Albert are running as Democrats in the May 21 primary. A primary win would ensure a follow-up victory in the Nov. 5 general election because the city is overwhelmingly Democratic.

The court currently has 93 judges. Currently, there are six vacancies, but others may arise as 11 incumbents whose terms expire in January 2020 decide whether or not to seek another term by running in the May primary. Candidates must file nominating petitions signed by at least 1,000 registered Democratic voters in Philadelphia by March 12 in order to have their name appear on the ballot for the Democratic primary.

Henry Sias, 42, is a trans man and civil-rights attorney based in South Philadelphia. He was unsuccessful in his 2017 bid for a seat on the court but made a strong showing and is trying again.

Everyone's eyes are on 2020, but there is no shortage of elections happening this year. One of the LGBTQ people running for office is Henry Sias, who, if elected in May, would become the first trans man elected as a judge.

Sias, a 42-year-old criminal defense and civil rights attorney, cofounded a "nonprofit that has provided thousands of free expungements for low-income Philadelphians," according to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which has endorsed him for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. In his career, which includes clerking for two members of the state Supreme Court, Sias has focused on fighting discrimination in employment and housing. We caught up with Sias as he works to convince his fellow Philadelphians that he should be the first trans man elected to the bench. 

After graduating from Yale Law School, Henry Sias has been working tirelessly as a defense and civil rights lawyer.

He’s also a commissioner on Pennsylvania’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs.

However, he doesn’t plan on stopping there. His eyes are set on winning his way to being a judge in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

While he was unsuccessful in 2017, he never tapped out. The primary vote in his election is on May 21st, and then the general election is on November 5th.

Henry Sias is in the running to become a judge in Philadelphia, an election that could see him become the first trans male judge in the US.

The Yale Law School graduate has been working as a criminal defence and civil rights lawyer in Philadelphia, where he also serves as a Commissioner on Pennsylvania’s Commission on LGBTQ Affairs.

The 42-year-old lawyer wants to continue serving the community as a judge in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.