Monica Roberts

Moni's Ah Kua Show Commentary

Filed By Monica Roberts | August 26, 2009 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Media, Politics, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Ah Kua Show, icons, international transpeople, Monica Roberts, transgender

I was surprised when I received an e-mail from Leona Lo, my sis in Singapore, a few months ago with a request. ts-leona lo2.jpgShe 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.

ts-Leona Lo_Ah Kua Show.jpgI'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.


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Very sweetly written, Monica. Is there any chance we'll be able to see the play or clips on YouTube soon?

Very touching story. Rosemary Port is mad as heck, and she isn't going to take it any more. So, in the face of defamation and the invasion of privacy, Rosemary Port got herself a lawyer and told Google that their deal was about to go DOWN. Here's where it began – Port maintained a Blogger account, anonymously, on the Google blog network Blogger. It was called Skanks in NYC, and the tone and substance was the vicious rending of self important New York socialites, one of which, Liskula Cohen, a model, sued Google, who revealed Port's identity, which she maintains is a violation of her privacy. Perhaps Google should do some credit repair with Rosemary Port, and compensate her for treading on her privacy.

Cindy,
What does Rosemary Port have to do with a post about the Ah Kua Show and the commentary I wrote for it?