PHYLLIS R. FRYE ADVOCACY AWARD
The Phyllis R. Frye Advocacy Award recognizes work done in welcoming transgender faculty, students and staff into the Aggie family through creating safe spaces and raising the dialogue surrounding transgender realities at the interpersonal and institutional level in the higher education setting. Award recipients are shining examples of real work done at Texas A&M towards the acceptance and nurturance of transgender faculty, staff, and students. All Texas A&M University students, faculty and staff are eligible to receive the award.
Award recipient(s) are announced at the annual Accountability, Climate and Equity (ACE) Awards held in April. Winners receive a commemorative item and $250.
Nominations can be submitted online at the ACE Awards website. Nominations must include 1) a statement (letter) from the nominator and 2) up to two additional letters of support. Letters of support must be uploaded with the nomination statement.
2020: Dr. Matt Hoffman
2019: Zachary Huebschman
2018: Dr. Iris Carrillo
2017: Dr. Kris May
2016: Hilary Park
2015: No award given
2014: Judy LeUnes
2013: Rev. Dr. Dan Le Leon
2012: Katy Stewart
2011: Lowell Kane
2010: Dr. Harriette Andreadis
2009: Dr. James Rosenheim
About Judge Frye
Phyllis Randolph Frye is an Eagle Scout, a former member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, a US Army veteran (1LT-RA 1970-72), a licensed engineer, a licensed attorney, a father, a grandmother and a lesbian wife. She is the first out transgender judge in the nation.
Now having lived almost sixty percent of her life as the woman she always felt herself to be, Phyllis remains on the cutting edge of LGBTI and especially transgender legal and political issues. When the “gay” community was still ignoring or marginalizing the transgender community in the early 1990’s, Phyllis began the national transgender legal and political movement (thus she is known as being the TG movement’s “Grandmother”) with the six annual transgender law conferences (ICTLEP) and their grassroots training.
Attorney Frye is one of the Task Force’s 1995 “Creator of Change” award winners. In 1999 she was given the International Foundation for Gender Education’s “Virginia Prince Lifetime Achievement” award. In 2001 she was given the National LGBT Bar Association’s (a.k.a. Lavender Law’s) highest honor, the “Dan Bradley Award.” She was honored beginning in 2009 by Texas A&M University with an annual “Advocacy Award” given in her name. In 2013 the Houston Transgender Unity Committee gave her its “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
In 2010 Phyllis was sworn-in as the first, out, transgender judge in the nation, as a City of Houston Associate Municipal Judge. She retains her senior partnership with Frye, Oaks and Benavidez, PLLC, (at www.liberatinglaw.com) which is an out LGBTI-and-straight-allies law firm. While the members of the firm practice law in a variety of areas, Phyllis devotes her practice exclusively to taking transgender clients — both adults and minors — through the Texas courts to change the clients’ names and genders on their legal documents.
In 2015 she was given the National Center For Transgender Equality’s “Julie Johnson Founders Award”.