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First Lesbian Latina Confirmed to Federal Judgeship

June 14, 2013

Staff -- HispanicBusiness

Nitza Ileana Quiñones Alejandro (file photo)
Nitza Ileana Quiñones Alejandro (file photo)

Nitza Ileana Quiñones Alejandro made history this week when she became the first openly gay Latina to be nominated to a federal judgeship.

The Pennsylvania judge's new post was confirmed Thursday by the U.S. Senate through a voice vote.

Alejandro was the first Hispanic woman to serve as a judge on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in 1991, according to NBC Latino.com.

Also this week, President Obama hosted a reception at the White House in honor of LGBT Pride Month. He is the first president to do so, according to LGBTWeekly.com.

Obama spoke to more than 100 LGBT activists at the reception about his support of the LGBT community. Citing his Inaugural Address, the president said that "if we truly are created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well."



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