Rest in power, Monica Roberts

Monica Roberts, the original TransGriot, just passed away. She was an absolute titan. In the early blogging days I heard about her pioneering work, telling stories of people that hardly anyone was even thinking about at the time, especially online.

She received a lifetime achievement award at the Creating Change conference that I attended in January this year in her home state of Texas, where she was very well known and respected in politics as well as the queer community. At the conference there was always a flock of people around her. Everyone knew who she was and adored her.

Tragically, there are not enough elders in the trans community, even less Black trans women. She meant so much to so many people. She is absolutely one of the great giants on whose shoulders today’s leaders stand.

This video gives a good introduction to her.

Header photo by me of Monica speaking through a megaphone at a rally for Black trans lives at Creating Change 2020 in Dallas, TX.

Blogs and politicians

Brad Miller I haven’t been blogging here much lately, but I’m still at it at work and on OrangePolitics. I’ve also been busy with lots of other things like this: Brian and I are hosting an informal gathering for local activists and bloggers to meet US Congressman Brad Miller. The main topic will be blogs and politics, but Brad also loves to talk about science and I will continue to bend his ear about peace and militarism issues.

If you’re on Facebook, get details and RSVP here:

If not, check out the deets below:

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