Bipartisan Atmosphere for Confirmation Hearing of Trumps First Out-LGBT Judge

President Trump nominated Illinois judge Mary M. Rowland for a seat in the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois in a June announcement. This is the first judge the President has appointed that is openly LGBT since entering the White House at the beginning of 2017. The hearings were on August 22, where Judge Rowland was asked questions by both Republicans and Democrats, without any of the contention seen at some previous confirmation hearings. Senator Richard Durbin expressed that this is “the way the process is supposed to work.” The nomination by President Trump certainly feels out of place if we consider the anti-LGBT seen pushed by his administration since taking office. It is a lifetime appointment for the only openly lesbian judicial nominee out of 140, of which a large portion have anti-LGBTQ records. Rowland is a member of the Lesbian & Gay Bar Association of Chicago and other LGBT legal groups and is a respected member of the legal community.