Steven Kirkland

Texas Supreme Court, 334th Civil Court

Steven will be the first openly LGBTQ statewide official in Texas history


Judge Steven Kirkland is running for the Texas Supreme Court because justice demands the highest standards – and Texas Justices, who are elected in partisan elections, are falling terribly short.

Judge Kirkland’s experience includes 12 years on the bench, 27 years of legal experience and a lifetime of service to Texas communities. As a community leader, he fought to expand affordable housing and end discrimination. As a lawyer, he sued polluters to protect our neighborhoods. As a judge, he has fought to make our court system more transparent, accountable and fair.

Judge Kirkland has been an active member of Houston’s out LGBT political community for over 30 years. He has served an openly gay judge throughout his judicial career. He was first appointed to Houston Municipal Courts in 2001. In 2008, he was elected as the first openly gay District Judge in the state of Texas.

Judge Kirkland serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of LGBT Judges and has served on the Board for the LGBT Law section OF Texas Bar Association and Stonewall Lawyers Association of Greater Houston.

Judge Kirkland is passionate about creating fairness and opportunity for LGBT youth, especially LGBT homeless youth.

Importance of Candidacy

  • Steven will be the first openly LGBTQ statewide official in Texas history

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