Trans Activist Monica Roberts Felt Ill Before Death, Says Family
Monica Roberts felt ill in the days prior to her death.
Family members told KTRK-TV, an ABC affiliate in Houston, that the transgender activist and TransGriot blogger was not feeling well and had been encouraged to get tested for COVID-19. It is not yet known if she had received a test.
The Friday notification from Roberts’ family follows an initial report saying that she was the victim of a hit-and-run crash. According to the report, Roberts had been taking out the trash Monday night at a Houston apartment complex when she struck by a vehicle.
A suspect or vehicle had not been identified by investigators. And her cause of death has not yet been confirmed. Family members are waiting for these results and believe there is a possibility that her death could be natural, reports KTRK-TV.
Reports of the death of the award-winning reporter, who was based in Houston, hit social media Thursday. Roberts’s close friend Dee Dee Watters broke the news, posting on Facebook that Roberts “was called home to glory on Monday.”
Her loss was mourned by LGBTQ+ activists and leaders.
“The loss of Monica Roberts is devastating. She was an unstoppable advocate and a powerful voice, always speaking up for justice and uplifting the trans community,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.
“For decades, Monica has been a fierce leader — bringing light to the injustice transgender people face, especially Black transgender women,” said Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “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.”
Roberts founded TransGriot 15 years ago. “No reporter this year has covered the breadth of Black trans women’s lives — and very often, deaths — the way this journalist has,” Pride Media CEO Diane Anderson-Minshall wrote in The Advocate earlier this year, when Roberts was named one of the magazine’s Women of the Year.
Original Article on The Advocate
Author: Daniel Reynolds