Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia Issues Statement on the Passing of Monica Roberts

October 8, 2020
Press Release
Media Contact: Robert Julien (DC): Email:; Cell: 202-227-0330

HOUSTON, TX – Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) issued the following statement in response to the sad news of Monica Roberts’ passing:

“Monica Roberts was a friend, a fighter, and a giant in the movement for the rights and dignity of the transgender community. It was the honor of my life to fight alongside her when in 2017 we pushed back against the transphobic bathroom bill in the Texas Senate. She gave me strength during difficult moments in that fight, and she inspired me to be a better ally each and every day.”

“Her death leaves a big hole in the hearts of many, and in her memory we must keep up the fight. In honor of our dear Monica, I won’t stop fighting until all Americans can live safely, peacefully, and reach their full potential. Rest in Peace, my friend.”

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Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2018, becoming the first Latina ever to represent the Texas 29th Congressional District. She serves on the House Judiciary and Financial Services Committees.