(December 12, 1943 - February 14, 2002) U.S.A.
Judge Krieger ran as an openly gay candidate for a Superior Court seat in Los Angeles, and won by an overwhelming majority. During his time on the bench, he served as a role model for the many openly gay judges who followed in his path.
His activism and dedication to the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community were unwavering. During a time of vicious homophobia spearheaded by Anita Bryant and Jon Briggs (the "Briggs Initiative"), Judge Krieger became both co-chair of the Lesbian and Gay Caucus of the State Democratic Central Committee AND a founder of Lawyers for Human Rights (now known as LGLA: The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association) in 1977.
Krieger also was a co-founder in 1972 of the world's first gay and lesbian synagogue, Temple Beth Chayim Chadashim. "In the gay community, you don't feel you can be Jewish, and in the Jewish community, you don't feel you can be gay. I'm still a Jew, and I'm also gay. The temple brings it together."
Recently, Judge Krieger served as Chairperson of the Sexual Orientation Fairness Subcommittee of the California Judicial Council's Access and Fairness Advisory Committee, which conducted an extensive review of sexual orientation bias in the courts and made many recommendations for improvements to protect the rights of LGBT people in the courts.
Judge Krieger died of cancer; he is survived by his life-partner, Jon Smith.