Monica Roberts


1.For people who don’t already know you, please share a little about yourself, your work, and/or your activism.

Most people know me as the founding editor of the ten year of TransGriot blog, but I have been an award winning trans human rights advocate since 1998. Was a founding member of the National Trans Advocacy Coalition in 1999, have sat on numerous boards, and lobbied at the federal, state and local level in Texas and Kentucky.

2. Many things shape who we are. What is one person or event or experience that has empowered you?

Being pissed off about a IFGE ‘Transgender Tapestry magazine ”100 Out And Proud Trans People series in 1996-97 that erroneously featured RuPaul and Denis Rodman as Black trans people. Never mind at the time there were outstanding Black trans leaders like Dawn Wilson, the late Alexander John Goodrum, Marisa Richmond and the late Marcelle Cook-Daniels around at the time. That oversight motivated me to attend the 1998 GenderPAC Lobby Days in Washington, and the rest is history.


3. What is a piece of Black Trans History that you want to make sure others know about and don’t forget? (person, event, cultural development, trend, ___?)

Because of TransGriot, I have gotten to unearth and talk about so many of the people and forgotten events from our Black trans past, but as a political junkie, one of my faves has been discovering that Althea Garrison got elected to the Massachusetts state legislature in 1992.


How to connect and learn more about Monica Roberts:


Email: transgriot [at] yahoo [dot] com



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