Monica Roberts was a billion watt voice for the often overlooked Black Trans-Community. Always there to point out how many of the murdered tranwomen we remember each November were Black and at an intersection of oppressions.
She was unique as are all trans-activists. We all sing out against our oppression with our own voices coming from our own life experiences. Now her voice is silent, others may step up and keep speaking out against the same forces of oppression but they will never have the same power of anger and outrage as Monica.
She wasn’t an easy person for me to get along with, even when we agreed 100% on issues. But when it came to speaking truth to power Monica was second to none.
She needs to be remembered whenever future trans-activists are setting policies and may not have considered the needs of people of color in setting those policies.
Monica Roberts has passed away and TBLG media will not be the same.
Roberts, 58, was best known on the internet for her award-winning blog, TransGriot, a website that covered transgender news before there was much trams representation in major TBLG (her preferred order for the letters) publications. Even up to this today, several writers and editors at LGBTQ Nation checked her website daily to see what she had to tell the world.