Monica Roberts Essay Contest 2021

January 04, 2022

Monica Roberts ( used her gift to tell the stories of people in the Trans community with dignity and respect. In honor of Monica and her extraordinary legacy, TransTech Social Enterprises launched the Monica Roberts Essay & Blogger Contest. During the 2020 TransTech Summit we encouraged the community to use their original voice, unique style, fresh point of view, creativity, descriptive language, proper diction, “Realness”, clarity, valuable content and/or research, clarity, and peer impact for their entries. We would like to thank all of those that took the time to share their work, stories and truths with the community advisory board. After much deliberation we are proud to announce the winners of the inaugural Monica Roberts Essay Contest.

Grand Prize

Awakening in the Garden of Restlessness
By: Tiana Bolden

Runners Up

Let Them Eat
By: Jordan

Challenges and Choices: My Story
By: Angelique Piwinski

Blogger Award

Who Profits From Our Suffering? The Black Trans Housing Scam Taking Over Instagram
By: Lazarus Letcher

Check back soon for updates for the contest this year at the 2022 TransTech Summit. Employ. Empower. Educate.

Meet Our Members

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Meet Ignacio

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma, healing, and liberation for marginalized populations. They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, trainer, and consultant. Ignacio uses they/them/their pronouns and is a co-partner at The HEAL Project. In 2002, Ignacio publicly performed Lágrimas de Cocodrilo — a personal …