Transgender Activist, Blogger Monica Roberts Dies
‘An Enormous Loss for the Equal Rights Movement,' Says HCDP Chair
HOUSTON – Monica Roberts, a trailblazing leader in the transgender community has died, according to an announcement on Facebook by friend and fellow trans advocate Dee Dee Waters.
“Monica was a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ community,” said Lillie Schechter, Harris County Democratic Party Chair. “This is an enormous loss for the equal rights movement.
“She lobbied at the federal and local levels for transgender civil rights protection, and she worked tirelessly to educate and encourage acceptance of transgender people.”
Roberts, who transitioned in the 1990s, founded the blog TransGriot, which covers trans issues, particularly those impacting trans women of color. She has been recognized both locally and nationally for her work.
Earlier this month, she received the Don Hrachovy Lifetime Achievement award from the Houston GLBT Caucus. In 2019, at the annual Johnson Rayburn Richards event, sponsored by the Harris County Democratic Party, Roberts accepted the Barbara Jordan Breaking Barriers Award.
“As a native Houstonian who was a witness to the remarkable trailblazing political career of this legendary H-town Democrat, it is a high honor to receive an award named for her,” Roberts said at the time.
A member of the Harris County Ballot Board, Roberts was passionate about electoral politics and the need to get out and vote.
“It is important as trans folks that we make Donald Trump a one-term president and ensure that the Democratic Party get full control of this government to start cleaning up the mess…,” she told the online magazine Queerty in December.
In addition to creating the GLAAD Media Award-winning blog TransGriot, Roberts was a founding member the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition. In January, she was honored by the National LGBTQ Task Force at their 32nd “Creating Change Conference” in Dallas.
For Immediate Release
Oct. 8, 2020
Contact: Angelica Luna-Kaufman