Trans Activist Monica Roberts’ Legacy To Continue On With Relaunch Of Her Publication TransGriot
Monica Roberts' best friend and fellow activist DeeDee Watters will keep the advocate's legacy alive.
January 19, 2021 at 9:49 pm
As the trans community continues to grieve Monica Roberts’ death, news has surfaced that the TransGriot will forge ahead as the go-to resource for Black transgender people.The award-winning site announced that it is looking for a Black trans-identified part-time managing editor. Roberts’ close friend and trans activist DeeDee Watters posted the news to social media on Jan. 5.
“We are looking for a leader with a clear command of journalism on the social web, a demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to covering issues affecting the Black trans community, cataloging our Black trans history, and a deep understanding of politics,” Watters wrote.“We will ensure that the legacy of Monica Roberts, the original TransGriot, and her pioneering efforts are sustained.”
TransGriot is now hiring!Posted by Transgriot Weekly with Monica Roberts on Tuesday, January 5, 2021
The new entity’s official name is TransGriot, LLC., and Watters will serve as the site’s publisher.TransGriot will publish monthly newsletters, feature outside contributors and amplify the publication’s mission on social media. The editor’s position will focus on covering political journalism and trans issues– specifically those surrounding trans violence and murders, as well as creating legislative change on a national and international level.
Blavity previously reported Roberts’ tragic death in October. The 58-year-old activist was killed in a hit and run accident.Roberts spent much of her career as a journalist fighting for trans people’s recognition from a humanistic perspective. The iconic leader held news outlets to task for misgendering trans people. She also covered issues of violence and subsequent murders in the trans community.
“When you think about the people that we lose to anti-trans violence, these are folks that, who knows, could have been the next person to get elected to public office or had the next great business idea or maybe had the cure for cancer if they had just had the opportunity to live their lives -- or just simply gotten the chance to find love and get married and have a family,” Roberts said in an interview.The advocate began the site in 2006 in her native Houston, according to Roberts’ original blog.
“A proud unapologetic Black trans woman speaking truth to power and discussing the world around her,” Roberts touted on her site.
Her work has been featured in Bilerico Project, Ebony, HuffPost and the Advocate.
Just a reminder media. Trans journalists and pundits can talk about more than just trans issues pic.twitter.com/dZxIz8nmwf— Monica Roberts (@TransGriot) September 9, 2020
The avid writer, who was also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, was always clear about her mission.
“This personal blog allows me to express my constitutionally guaranteed First Amendment free speech rights and kick knowledge to y’all at the same time on various issues,” she wrote.
In 2018, TransGriot was given the outstanding Media Award by GLAAD.