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Monika M. Pickett is a mother, writer, author, broadcaster and cultural commentator. She is a veteran of the United States Army. She served as a medic in Operation Desert Storm and received an honorable discharge in 1991.


Monika is the author of the #1 international best-selling novel Pretty Boy Blue, Second Edition, and its sequel, The Darkest Shade of Blue.


Also, as a playwright, her work recently was selected out of hundreds submitted to be read at The Billie Holiday Theatre program “50in50: Letters to our Sons.”


Ms. Pickett is a highly sought-after speaker and LGBTQ rights advocate. She also is an author of a monthly column, available online at, and, where she shares her thoughts, experiences, and advice about coming out, same-sex marriage and divorce, navigating the U.S. healthcare system, ongoing cultural bias, and a variety of other issues. 

She is also a contributor to the Huffington Post and The Unleashed Voice Magazine, and is a recurring  host of “Inside Out” on WPFW-FM 89.3 in Washington, DC.


Monika is a former advertising sales executive with the Washington Times and the National Society of Black Engineers.


She earned a Masters of Human Services degree from Lincoln University in 2001 and a MBA from Johns Hopkins University in 2005.