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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/
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