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Monica Roberts, a Black trans journalist who covered the killings of trans women before national media did, dies at 58

Monica Roberts had no predecessor. Before her groundbreaking blog, there were few news sites for Black transgender women like her.



a person holding a sign posing for the camera: Monica Roberts, a transgender journalist who chronicled the triumphs and tragedies of Black trans women in the US, died this week.


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Monica Roberts, a transgender journalist who chronicled the triumphs and tragedies of Black trans women in the US, died this week.

And before Monica Roberts, no journalist had painstakingly recorded and reported on the murders of transgender women of color. She took on both projects alone.

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“The power of a blog, I’ve learned, to shape events is mighty,” she said while accepting the Special Recognition Award at a GLAAD ceremony in 2016. “It’s even more potent when you walk the walk and back your words up with deeds.”

Through her work with the award-winning blog TransGriot, Roberts provided a blueprint for the national media on how to report about trans people with sensitivity and empathy. She championed Black trans women and men in their

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Egyptian journalist tops ‘10 Most Urgent’ list of press freedom cases focused on women journalists

▪ The survey found female journalists are at risk even in countries not traditionally viewed as hostile to the press.

According to a report by Trollbusters and IWMF in 2018:

▪ More than 70 percent of women have experienced more than one type of harassment, threat or attack in the past.

▪ Nearly one-third of female journalists consider leaving the profession due to online attacks and threats.

Since 1992, 97 female journalists have been killed in connection to their work, according to CPJ, and 20 women were behind bars in 2019.

Online harassment of female journalists is not unique to one country, and should be taken seriously by newsrooms around the world. CPJ has documented threats and harassment in many countries including Pakistan, South Africa, India, Brazil and the Netherlands concerning journalists covering beats from sports to politics.

The One Free Press Coalition, a united group of pre-eminent editors and

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