Transgender activist Nikki Araguz Loyd, 44, was found dead at her Humble Texas home this week. The Dallas Voice reports that the cause of her death has not yet been released.
I met Nikki and her husband William Loyd while testifying successfully against the numerous Bathroom Bills at the Texas state legislature in 2015.
In meeting Nikki it struck me how incredibly friendly she was and how intensely she loved her husband. It was also evident in our only meeting how passionately she loved our entire community. Her personality was instrumental to her success while she endeavored to bring art and culture to the greater Houston area.
My personal condolences go out to dear William, his loss is felt across the nation.
Nikki Araguz Loyd was an army of one. Her presence in the legislature brought fear to the eyes of the lawmakers who fought so hard to hurt our people.
Before the state of Texas recognized her marriage as a trans person Nikki Araguz fought and won the right to receive the flag for her fallen firefighter husband, who was killed in 2010 the line of duty.
And after a lengthy and costly legal fight involving multiple appeals, Araguz Loyd was finally granted spousal benefits.
In 2015, after winning the battle for her marriage to be recognized as a trans person she told ABC 13 Eyewitness News she wanted to help others in her situation.
“It’s bittersweet finally having the victory now when I don’t necessarily need it,” she said. “I’m just going to go on about my life helping other people do the same, but really taking a step out of the political movement and really focusing more on spiritual aspects.”.
R.I.P. Nikki Araguz Loyd