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First Transgender Judge In Arizona Talks About Her Journey

Judge Tracy Nadzieja
Tracy Nadzieja
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Judge Tracy Nadzieja with Brianna Westbrook.

Last month, Tracy Nadzieja stood in front of a courtroom, took an oath to become a commissioner of the Maricopa County Superior Court and became the first known transgender judge in the state.

And, according to the Southern Arizona Gender Alliance, Nadzieja is just the third in the country.

Despite her historical position, she never wanted to be in the spotlight — especially for her gender identity.

But after she took that oath, she agreed to sit down with the Arizona Capitol Times to talk about being the first.

She also agreed to sit down with The Show to talk about her journey and how she’s become the story despite her hesitations.



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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.