Phyllis Randolph Frye is an Associate Judge for the City of Houston Municipal Courts. Frye is the first openly transgender judge appointed in Texas.
Early life and education
Phyllis Frye, born circa 1946, a transgender woman, was born as Phillip Frye. Frye is an Eagle Scout and was a member of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps. Frye graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. While at Texas A&M, Frye was a member of the University's Corps of Cadets, belonged to the Texas A&M Singing Cadets and got married. She was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1972. She transitioned in 1976, and earned an M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Houston.
On November 17, 2010, Houston mayor Annise Parker appointed Frye as an Associate Judge for the City of Houston Municipal Courts. Parker and Frye had been friends for three decades, having met on a lesbian softball league. Her appointment was publicly opposed by the Houston Area Pastoral Council and other local pastors, but Mayor Parker expressed admiration for Frye, citing the new judge's long experience as a trial attorney. The Houston City Council unanimously approved of her appointment. On April 28, 2013, Frye was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Transgender Foundation of America.