It was about this time ten years ago that I was in conversations with my sister from another mother Jordana LeSesne who was staying on my azz about me starting the blog that became TransGriot.
She pushed me into setting a hard date for starting it, which became January 1, and at 12;01 AM EST on New Year’s Day 2006 my first post went live on this blog.
Now it’s nearly ten years, over 9000 posts, 6.1 million hits and several awards later, and TransGriot is approaching its tenth anniversary as the longest daily continuously published blog devoted to covering and talking about trans issues from an Afrocentric perspective.
And since its 2006 start, I’ve branched out to write about whatever subject appeals to me while staying true to the original mission
The TransGriot blog’s mission is to become the griot of our community. I will introduce you to and talk about your African descended transbrothers and transsisters across the Diaspora, reclaim and document our chocolate flavored trans history, speak truth to power, comment on the things that impact our trans community from an Afrocentric perspective and enlighten you about the general things that go on around me and in the communities that I am a member of.
I didn’t get around to actually compiling the mission statement until January 2, 2011, but by that time I’d figured out what direction I wanted to take the blog.
Anyway, before I digress, let me get to the reason why I’m writing this post. Since the TransGriot tenth anniversary is rapidly approaching, I wanted to know what impact the TransGriot blog has had on my readers?
What I’d like is statements from you by December 25 so moved to do so that express how TransGriot’s existence has touched your lives. I know that five trans people have already told me privately that reading posts on the blog dissuaded them from committing suicide, and others have told me at different times that they read it daily including members of Congress and their staffs.
I want to start posting them during the first week of January 2016.