TransGriot Blogger Monica Roberts Honored By GLAAD For A Decade Of Excellence

"It’s even more potent when you walk the walk and back up your words with deeds."

Last night at the GLAAD Gala in San Francisco, journalist Monica Roberts was given a special recognition for her work on TransGriot, her seminal blog now celebrating a decade of bringing news and commentary from a trans woman of color perspective.


Accepting the honor from HerStory star Angelica Ross, Roberts spoke about amplifying the voices of those who have been unheard.

When the blogosphere exploded in the early 2000s, she says, “trans-oriented blogs addressing the issues germane to the trans community existed, but [none] were discussing issues important to trans people of color. Neither were they discussing trans issues and the news of the day from our perspective.”


TransGriot not only filled that gap, it began a narrative that other blogs (including this one) have been able to plug into. And as the cultural conversation in America has expanded, so has Roberts’ coverage.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Monica Roberts speaks at the GLAAD Gala at Metreon on September 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for GLAAD)
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“While what I write at TransGriot is focused on and for black trans people, over time those posts have also touched people around the world… It has also grown beyond its original mission to talk about the issues that affect all LGBTQ people.”

But it’s not just about words for Roberts, who lamented having to report on “far too many murders of trans women of color.”

“It’s even more potent when you walk the walk and back up your words with deeds,” she told the audience at the gala, where Hannah Hart and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff were also honored.

“I get up from behind my keyboard and lobby legislators, educating people at panel discussions and community forums, and engage in public speaking in order to make that positive change I advocate for via my writing happen.”

Thank you Monica Roberts for spending the last decade advocating for and documenting the history of #FolksLikeUs through your blog #TransGriot. You have singlehandedly curated the most comprehensive archive centering black trans and gender non conforming ever, often with little to no thanks or compensation! Having the opportunity to study your work and the privilege of being able to access your wisdom and advise was critical in my success as a storyteller. I hope everyone will join me in celebrating your anniversary with a gift to continue your work for another decade. https://mobile.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_express-checkout-mobile&useraction=commit&token=EC-6DV54062XS480400A#m #TransIsBeautiful #lavernecox #JanetMock #caitlynjenner #translivesmatter #BlackTransLivesMatter #twoc #mtf #ftm #GirlsLikeUs #RedefiningRealness #tdor #trans100 #tdoa

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Whether it’s celebrating victories or addressing anti-trans violence and discrimination, TransGriot has always underscored Roberts’ three core messages: “That LGBTQ rights are international human rights, that we trans people exist and are part of the diverse mosaic of human life, and that we will not be dehumanized or disrespected by friend, foe or frenemy.”

Congratulations, Monica, and here’s to many more years of award-winning journalism.
 

 
Below, more images from the 2016 GLAAD Gala in San Francisco.

Host Aisha Tyler

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Aisha Tyler speaks at the GLAAD Gala at the Metreon on September 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for GLAAD)
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Honoree Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Hannah Hart (R) receives an award from Mamrie Hart at the GLAAD Gala at Metreon on September 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for GLAAD)
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Bozoma Saint John

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Bozoma Saint John arrives to the GLAAD Gala at the Metreon on September 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for GLAAD)
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GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Sarah Kate Ellis, President of GLAAD,  speaks at the GLAAD Gala at the Metreon on September 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for GLAAD)
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Angelica Ross

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Angelica Ross speaks at the GLAAD Gala at Metreon on September 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for GLAAD)
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Honoree Marc Benioff of Salesforce

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, speaks at the GLAAD Gala at Metreon on September 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for GLAAD)
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Wilson Cruz

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Wilson Cruz at the GLAAD Gala at Metreon on September 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for GLAAD)
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Mary Lambert performed at the GLAAD Gala

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Mary Lambert performs at the GLAAD Gala at Metreon on September 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for GLAAD)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Mary Lambert performs at the GLAAD Gala at Metreon on September 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for GLAAD)
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Gigi Gorgeous and Nats Getty

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Nats Getty (R) and Gigi Gorgeous arrive at the GLAAD Gala at Metreon on September 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for GLAAD)
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Below, Lilly Wachowski accepts an award for Sense8 at the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards in April.

 

 

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