Monica Roberts, whose influential blog TransGriot reports on the murders of trans women alongside other news of importance to the trans community, has died on October 05, 2020.
Houston-based journalist-activist Monica Roberts is the founder of the TransGriot blog and host of the TransGriot with Monica Roberts YouTube series
Roberts is the founder of the GLAAD Media Award-winning blog which has been covering trans issues since 2006. Prior to mainstream outlets beginning to cover violence against, and the accomplishments of the trans community, Roberts was doing so. That work lived not only on her blog but in her writing for publications like Ebony, The Advocate, The Dallas Voice, and OutSmart Magazine. She told Out in 2019 that she “took up the mantle” simply because “nobody else was doing it.”
She is survived by her family members.
In a Facebook post, the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition wrote: “It is with great sadness that the BTAC family has received notice of the passing of Monica Roberts, our sister, aunt, and friend. We should have a well elaborated post about this, but at the moment we just need to notify the public and begin processing our grief and loss at this time. Please keep Monica’s soul, friends and family in your prayers that they all may find comfort and peace at this time of separation. We love you Monica. Fly high, angel.”
Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement: “Monica Roberts was an icon and a trailblazing voice for transgender rights, both in her home state of Texas and around the country. We are deeply saddened to learn of her passing, and offer our most heartfelt condolences to her friends, family, and loved ones. For decades, Monica has been a fierce leader—bringing light to the injustice transgender people face, especially Black transgender women. She leaves behind a strong, and vital legacy—one that every LGBTQ person and ally should work to honor and advance. Rest in power, Monica, and thank you.”
To Monica Robert’s dearest Friends and Family at @TransGriot , we’re deeply saddened to hear about her passing as mentioned by the @nytimes. Monica is an amazing Storyteller who shared our daily struggles and victory’s to all. Rest In Peace, Monica. https://t.co/5KXERaUtu6 pic.twitter.com/Kgw51xnxua
— Mia Mason MD-1 Vote Today (@Mia4MD) October 14, 2020
Cause of Death
Her cause of death is still unknown at the moment, we will update you as soon as we have the full details about her death.
Funeral Service & GoFundme
Funeral services will be made known as soon as it is being updated. Memorial donations may be made in Roberts’s name through the GoFundme page.