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Activist Monica Roberts Tribute (AUDIO)

By Charlotte Robinson, October 09, 2020

We were very sad to here about the passing of Monica Roberts. Monica was the founding editor of the award winning TransGriot Blog & a longtime award-winning human rights advocate. She advocated for the human rights of transgender people for more than 20 years with a focus on the issues affecting Black trans people. Her writing appeared at Ebony.com, the Advocate, Black Girl Dangerous, Dallas Voice & in the ‘Unapologetically Trans’ monthly column in Houston’s OutSmart magazine. Some of the honors that Roberts has received are the 2018 GLAAD Media Award, the Robert Coles Call of Service Award from Harvard University’s Phillips Brooks House Assn, the Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Award, the Barbara Jordan Breaking Barriers Award from the Harris County Democratic Party, the IFGE Trinity Award & in January 2020 at the 32nd Creating Change Conference she received the Susan J. Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement. Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director stated, “This week, the LGBTQ+ community lost one of our fiercest voices in Monica Roberts, an activist who not only lifted up the stories of trans people & inspired generations of countless transgender & non-binary people but all those who knew her. She was a mother, sister, aunt, friend, protector & voice for the voiceless. Her journalism was groundbreaking, her advocacy impactful & her spirit and passion limitless. There are people – especially trans members of our community – who are alive and thriving today because of her work.” I talked to Monica last January about her spin on our LGBTQ issues in this exclusive audio interview. LISTEN:

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