The Philly Trans Youth Q&A Series: Henry Sias

For Immediate Release

High Hopes with Henry Sias
Judicial Candidate hosts talk with Philly Trans Youth

The Equality Coalition of Philadelphia
May 3, 2017

Philadelphia, PA – Henry Sias, Judicial Candidate for the Court of Common Pleas, will join trans youth in a Q&A session at the William Way Center On Sunday May 7th at 2pm. Organized and led by trans youth, this free informational session will provide a platform for trans youth to ask questions relevant to their experiences, questions about how being transgender has impacted Henry’s career, and questions about the political and historical importance of Henry’s campaign.

“For the transgender youth community, I’ve found that it can be very powerful to interact with a successful trans adult, because we lack accessible role models.” reported Quentin Cruz, one of the event’s organizers. “This event provides an opportunity for trans youth to gain a role model, and learn more about Henry’s life experiences. I would love to see more events like this happen in Philly.”

The Sias campaign seeks to serve an important role in correcting the legal and social discrimination that many in the trans community face today. If elected, Henry will be the first transgender judge in Philadelphia and the third transgender judge in the nation. Through his presence as judge, he hopes to improve the culture in the courts as well as give hope to the transgender community.

“The event is important because any time trans people get together, the power of our existence is magnified,” Henry Sias notes. “We can replenish each other’s strength. We can stand stronger together. We can listen to each other and learn what is working in others’ lives, so that we can apply the lessons in our own lives in order to move forward faster. LGBTQ+ people have been systematically denied access to our elders because of bogus fears about “recruitment” and we are often kept from each other because of fears that we will be outed or face violence if we are in an identifiable group. What is actually violent, what is actually killing us, is the inability to stand together. It will help young people because young people need to see that they are not alone, and need to see that the future belongs to them. When I was younger, I had never heard of or seen a single successful, happy trans man (in fact, I had never seen an out trans man at all). I could not imagine a safe, successful future for myself. I couldn’t imagine that I, as a trans man, would ever be able to get married and have a good career, or contribute to my community and have my contributions recognized and valued. It’s vital that younger people see that there are beautiful futures available to them.”

Tickets for the event are available at Even though this event is open to all, priority will be given to trans youth attendance. The event organizers aim to make this a safe, respectful, and accessible space.  The space for the event has been donated by the William Way Center.

About Henry Sias

Henry Sias is a candidate for the Court of Common Pleas. He holds a Law degree from Yale University, and has spent time clerking for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices, Justice James J. Fitzgerald III, and Justice Jane Cutler Greenspan. He is also the co-founder of the non-profit, Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity.

About The Equality Coalition

The Equality Coalition is a Philadelphia-based all-volunteer organization of queer, trans, straight, and cis folks working to create positive change in the community through events, direct action, and individual and organizational collaboration.

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Sam Marks


*updated 5/4/17*