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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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World Rugby bans trans women from elite women’s game due to injury risks

Trans women will not be permitted to play elite women’s rugby for the foreseeable future because of ‘significant’ safety concerns, World Rugby has stated after releasing new guidelines for transgender players.

In a statement explaining its decision, World Rugby said that after months of research and examining the latest scientific research it had “concluded that safety and fairness cannot presently be assured for women competing against trans women in contact rugby”.

Related: Trans women face potential women’s rugby ban over safety concerns

The Guardian first revealed in July that World Rugby was considering becoming the first international sports federation to adopt such a policy after finding “at least a 20-30% greater risk” of injury risk factors when a female player is tackled by someone who has gone through male puberty.

In a document explaining its decision published on Friday, World Rugby said that “It is known that biological males (whose

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