Paul Feinman

Paul Feinman, N.Y. high court judge and LGBTQ trailblazer, dies

Paul Feinman, the first openly gay judge to serve on New York’s high court and a longtime advocate for LGBTQ rights, has died. New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announced Feinman’s death in a statement on Wednesday, just over a week after he retired from the bench citing health issues. He died late Tuesday at age 61, a court representative said.

LGBTQ Judges Celebrate The Career Of Judge Paul Feinman

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges celebrates the career of Judge Paul Feinman upon his retirement from the New York Court of Appeal, the state's highest court. First elected to the state Supreme Court in 2007, Judge Feinman served as President of the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges from 2008 to 2011 and is a beloved and essential member of the Association. Upon elevation to the state's highest court in 2017, Judge Feinman became the Court of Appeal's first openly gay member, opening the door for LGBTQ+ judges in New York and beyond.