Henrietta RobinsonAge 79
3 Apr 2020
Miami, Florida (USA)
Henrietta died after contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus in hospital. The ‘Grand Lady of Miami Beach’ was one of the first transgender people to live openly in Florida.
A trans woman known as ‘Grand Lady of Miami Beach’ has died of coronavirus, marking yet another LGBT+ leader lost to the disease.
Henrietta Robinson, 79, was a renowned figure in the LGBT+ community and was celebrated as one of the first transgender people to live openly in Florida.
She recently underwent hernia surgery and was recovering at Mount Sinai Medical Centre in Miami Beach. It was here that she contracted COVID-19 and passed away on Friday.
Robinson was born in Akron, Ohio and grew up in Milton, Massachusetts, but would often say she was reborn in 1959 in Miami Beach.
She was a fixture in the nightlife community there and found freedom in drag queen fashion shows. The famous gay club Twist became her second home and earned her the titles ‘Grand Lady’ and ‘Mother of Miami Beach.’
She made such an impact in the community that in 2011 former Mayor Mattie Herrera Bower gave her a commendation on behalf of the city of Miami Beach for her activism.
Miami Beach Pride paid tribute to her as a “beautiful soul” who was a “mentor to so many”.
“Rest in Peace Henrietta, your light will not be forgotten.”