At a Glance:Monica Roberts has been a Project Contributor since January 2008, has written 114 entries and currently lives in Houston, TX.
Monica Roberts, aka the TransGriot, is a native Texan, Houstonian and trailblazing leader in the transgender community back home in the Lone Star State after 8 years in Louisville, KY.
She’s a writer, blogger, history buff, and lecturer on transgender issues. Monica’s an advocate with a special emphasis on not only getting African-American transpeople and other voices of color more involved in empowering themselves, educating the GLBT community about our issues, but also shedding light about the struggles of GLBT people in Africa, Jamaica and across the Diaspora. Monica transitioned in 1994 and works diligently at educating and encouraging acceptance of transgender people in the larger African-American community as well.
Monica’s a founding member of NTAC, the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition and served on its inaugural board as its Lobby Chair from 1999-2002. She co-hosted a GLBT radio show in her hometown from 1999-2001, founded the Transsistahs-Transbrothas Internet discussion list for African-American transgender people in 2004, and helped organize the 2005 and 2006 Transsistahs-Transbrothas Conferences that took place in Louisville. She wrote a newspaper column from 2004-2007 for a Louisville GLBT paper and has blogged at TransGriot since January 1, 2006.
She’s a passionate advocate for transgender civil rights protection and has lobbied at the federal, state and local levels. Her advocacy efforts in 2003 earned her designation as a Kentucky Colonel by Gov. Paul Patton. In 2006 she became the third African-American transperson to be given the Trinity Award, the transgender community’s second highest meritorious service award
Monica Roberts: Recently Filed
One of the things I'm heartened to see the NAACP do at their national convention is finally address the undeniable fact that there are African descended LGBT people. One problem. They forgot the trans people. Read More
YOU PEOPLE KEEP CALLING ME AND TELLING ME PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS MUST BE INCLUDED AND I'M SICK OF IT DO YOU HEAR ME I'M SICK OF >YOU PEOPLE It seems MD Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk is a little upset about all...Read More
Now that the DADT repeal has been signed into law, there has been chatter in GL world and the Gayosphere about shifting the positive momentum gained from the historic win to renewing the push for gay marriage.That would be a...Read More
The Covenant House location in Houston opened its doors on June 27, 1983 and has been around in the Montrose gayborhood for over 25 years. It claims on its website that it has counseled, mentored, educated, inspired, transformed, and healed...Read More
As promised in a previous Bilerico post, I'm giving Projectors an early Christmas present in another one of my infamous song rewrites. I've actually done a rewrite of the ''Texas Has a Whorehouse in It' song from The Best Little...Read More