Houston, TX – Monica Roberts, the pioneering transgender activist from Houston, has died, according to multiple reports on social media. Roberts founded the transgender news website TransGriot 15 years ago, and the blog has been winning awards since its inception. She also won numerous awards through the years for her work as an activist, and was a loud and proud voice fighting for the rights of the transgender community at the Texas State Capitol and beyond. In one of her last posts on social media, Roberts posted just two days ago, “Just hit me I’ve been voting in elections for local, state and national candidates since 1980. And can’t wait until October 13 … #FireTrump #FireTheGOP #FireTheTXGOP.”

            In May, Roberts was named one of The Advocate magazine’s Women of the Year, and last year at Creating Change in Dallas, she was presented with the Susan J Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement. Roberts won HRC’s John Walzel Equality Award in 2017, and TransGriot was named outstanding blog at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2018.

            David Johns, executive director of National Black Justice Coalition: “To know Monica Roberts is to know love. To have watched her work is to have witnessed fierce advocacy . . . We’re better because of her life and leadership, and her unyielding commitment to Black people . . .”  Alphonso David, president of Human Rights Campaign said, “Monica Roberts was an icon and a trailblazing voice for transgender rights, both in her home state of Texas and around the country. Equality Texas CEO Ricardo Martinez said, “The Equality Texas family is devastated to learn of the death of trailblazing transgender activist Monica Roberts.  Monica was part of our family and our dear friend, and we have fought side by side at the Texas Capitol for two decades . . .” Kevin Jennings, CEO of Lambda Legal said, “Lambda Legal is heartbroken at the devastating news that pioneering journalist and activist, Monica Roberts, has passed away. Her commitment to fighting for LGBTQ equality and telling our transgender community’s stories left an indelible mark on media and our movement . . .” (Dallas Voice – Tammye Nash at https://dallasvoice.com/breaking-news-pioneering-transgender-activist-monica-roberts-has-died/)