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is a native Houstonian and a trailblazing award winning trans community leader. She has lobbied since 1998 for trans human rights protections at the federal, state and local levels in Kentucky and Texas. In 2006 she became the third African-American trans person and the first African-American Texan to receive the IFGE Trinity Award, the transgender community’s highest meritorious service award. She was named to the inaugural Trans 100 List and honored with the Monica Roberts Advocacy Award by Black Transmen, Inc in March 2013 Monica was a founding member of NTAC, the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition and served on its inaugural board as its Political Director from 1999-2002, served on the boards of Louisville, KY’s Fairness Campaign and C-FAIR, helped organize the 2005 and 2006 Transsistahs-Transbrothas Conferences that took place in Louisville and participated in the first ever trans-themed panel discussions at Netroots Nation and OUT on the Hill in 2012. In addition to participating in a long list of panel discussions, town halls and keynote speaking engagements to various colleges, groups and conferences over the years in January 2006 she founded the award winning blog TransGriot. Her writing about trans issues from an Afrocentric perspective has appeared at Ebony.com, Loop21.com Transadvocate, The Huffington Post, Racialicious, Feministe, Global Comment, The Bilerico Project, Elixher, What Tami Said and Womanist Musings. http://transgriot.blogspot.com/
Diana O'Brien is a transgender advocate and freelance writer who currently works for AIDS Healthcare Foundation - Public Health Division coordinating a free at-home HIV testing program for the transgender community in Miami-Dade County. She also serves on the advisory board for Broward County Health Department's T-House Online program, a digital drop-in center for the transgender community, and the Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership's Prevention Committee Transgender Workgroup. Diana has written columns and blogs for South Florida Gay News, Bilerico, Planetransgender, and the TransAdvocate.
Dr. Kelley Winters a writer and consultant on issues of gender diversity in medical and public policy. She is the founder of GID Reform Advocates, author of Gender Madness in American Psychiatry: Essays from the Struggle for Dignity, member of the International Advisory Committee for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health Standards of Care, and an Advisory Board Member for TransYouth Family Allies. Kelley has presented papers and presentations on gender policy issues at annual conventions of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association and the Association of Women in Psychology. She was instrumental in reforming Colorado drivers license policy in 2006 and in adding Gender Identity and Expression to employment policies of the Hewlett-Packard Company. Kelley received the Colorado Pride Award in 1999 and the 2007 Melissa Chapman Award for Social Change from the Gender Identity Center of Colorado. She came to south Florida to escape the cold Rocky Mountain winter, and she's still here
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