I was surprised when I received an e-mail from Leona Lo, my sis in Singapore, a few months ago with a request. She asked me to compose a comment for the program of her Ah Kua Show she was putting together.
In case you weren't following the progress of it on her blog, the Ah Kua Show is a play she wrote based on her life. It had a successful sold out run from August 6-8 at Singapore's Substation Theater.
I was deeply honored to be asked to write the program commentary by one of the people in the worldwide trans community I admire. I felt it was my small way of being a part of the show even though as much as I would have loved to, I couldn't be there in person to support it.
The comment I wrote is underneath the jump.
Leona, thanks once again for giving me the opportunity and honor of composing it.
Hello Patrons of the Ah Kua Show and greetings from the Bluegrass State of Kentucky!
I am Monica Roberts, a 15 year transitioned African-American transperson originally from Houston, Texas. I am a longtime activist, the editor of the TransGriot blog, and a 2006 winner of the IFGE Trinity Award. I'm only the third African-American transperson to receive the second highest honor given by the United States transgender community for outstanding service.
I'm deeply honored to have been given the opportunity by Leona to share a few words with you as you peruse the Ah Kua Show program. I wish I could be in Singapore watching the play with you.
Contrary to the negative message being pushed by the Forces of Intolerance around the globe, being transgender is nothing to be ashamed of. We are part of the mosaic of humanity and it is something to be embraced with pride.
It is past time that our fellow transpersons and citizens around the world realize that we are beautiful, talented and intelligent people with much to offer the societies of the various countries we inhabit if just given a chance to do so.
I've often said that a transperson's family expands, not contracts after we transition to become the beautiful people we were made by our Creator to be.
I'm proud to have Leona Lo as part of my worldwide extended family, and I wish her and the Ah Kua show much success.