Thursday, 12 November 2015

Interview with Jossy Yendall


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Jossy Yendall, an inspirational performer from Gateshead, UK, and beauty pageant queen. Hello Jossy! 
Jossy: Hello Monika!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Jossy: I’m an aspiring model and actress from the North East of England. I also love to belly dance and sing jazz standards. I love R&B music, vampire mythology and animal print.
Monika: You hit the headlines this year when the British media covered your participation in Miss Transgender UK. Did you like the contest?
Jossy: All in all, it was a good experience as I do believe that the pageant has opened a few doors for me. What drew me to this pageant was the fact that it wasn’t based on looks, but was more about how, as transgender women, we are able to be positive role models and contribute to society.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Interview with Angelique Munro


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Angelique Munro, an American entertainer, TV Talk Show Host, show director & transgender - HIV/AIDS advocate and motivational speaker. Hello Angelique!
Angelique: Hello Monika, Pleasure to meet you!
Monika: You look fantastic, Angelique. What is the secret of your beauty?
Angelique: Awe you're too kind, I really eat healthy and sleep as much as I can. No smoking or drugs, and I do not sunbath.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Angelique: I was born an only child on 5-27-70 in Chicago, IL. I am a survivor from child abuse because my Mom didn't understand what transgender was and used to beat me so bad because I would say "I am a girl".

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Interview with Reena Gibson


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Reena Gibson, a British writer and author of her new biographical book titled “The Long Road Ahead” (2015), as well as lead singer and guitarist of the Birmingham rock band Milestone Road. Hello Reena! 
Reena: Monika, thank you so much for the interview, I’m overwhelmed that you’ve asked me.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Reena: How long do you have? Seriously, I could chat for England! I’m just over three years into my second transition as a woman, I first came out when I was 24 which was 21 years ago and a time which was still very unaccepting for people to come out to society as trans. This time around has still met with some rather difficult challenges, I have a family now which has added strain on all sides, there have been times of self-doubt and indeed there have been a few times where I’ve just wanted to give up on life altogether. But really though, I’d call myself just a “normal” woman, trying to find her way through life like anyone else.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Interview with Brittney Kade


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Brittney Kade, a young video blogger that documents her life transition on YouTube. Hello Brittney!
Brittney: Hello Monika, thank you for having me!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Brittney: Well, my name is Brittney Kade, I am sixteen and transgender. I started my transition when I was fourteen, and have been on hormones for over a year now.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Interview with Katherine Cummings


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Katherine Cummings, an icon of the Australian transgender movement, librarian, sailor, activist for transgender people, award-winning author; she works at Sydney’s Gender Centre – an organisation set up in 1983 to help people with gender issues – and is the information worker and edits the Centre’s quarterly magazine Polare. Hello Katherine!
Katherine: Hello Monika. I am honoured (and flattered) by your introduction. You could just have said, as Deirdre McCloskey did in her book, Crossing, that I am a gender saint (please don’t guffaw too loudly).
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Katherine: If there is such a thing I’d say I am a fairly typical transgender. My wish to be female goes back as far as memories go but I only found out that my impossible dream could be a possible dream when I was seventeen, in my first year at university, when Christine Jorgensen was outed. Up to that point I had known about gay people, female impersonators and intersex (although we didn’t call them intersex in 1952) and knew I was none of those things.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Interview with Katie Bainbridge


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Katie Bainbridge, a Scottish writer, blogger, and the author of the autobiographical book titled “Flowers and Tightropes” (2015). Hello Katie!
Katie: Hi Monika! Thanks for asking me to do this interview.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Katie: I'm a 47 year old, transgender woman. I was born in Scotland and I now live in Cornwall. I am a writer, author and I also work part time as an administrator.
Monika: Why did you decide to write your autobiography?
Katie: Well, I didn't just decide. It sort of evolved. Every Monday, Anja, my friend and housemate, have a creative evening (her idea originally) and we produce and perform pieces of work for it. Anja started the evenings because she wanted someone to perform to and I wanted to take part so, I started writing pieces about my life. After a year and a half of these evenings, I found I had myself a book.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Interview with Lucia Richardson


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Lucia Richardson, an application architect, a Canadian writer, blogger, the author of the biographical book titled “Lucia: The Life of a Transgender Person” (2015). Hello Lucia!
Lucia: Hi Monika. Thanks for the opportunity. As always, it is nice to have a voice and thanks for taking the time.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Lucia: I graduated from the University of Moncton (1999) in New Brunswick, Canada with a BSc. Major Computer Sciences and Minor in Informatics Management. My mother tongue language is French and I have been working as an IT professional for the past 18+ years. I have worked for the Government and for various financial/insurance companies throughout Canada and the US: Sunlife, TIAA CREF, Fintrac and Farm Credit Canada. 
Also I have worked as an IT Consultant for OAO Technologies, CGI and Keanes Canada (now better known under the name: “NTT Data”) and also with Pason Inc. (Oil Industry) and AT&T (Telecom).

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Interview with Sandy Stone


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Sandy Stone, an American academic theorist, writer, and founder of the academic discipline of transgender studies. She is currently Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Advanced Communication Technologies Laboratory (ACTLab) and the New Media Initiative in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Hello Sandy!
Sandy: Hi Monika!
Monika: What are you doing these days?
Sandy: Teaching. Writing. Making a recording studio. Making robots. Making art. Doing things with my grandkid. Hanging out with my family. Performing, lecturing. Discoursing with Cynbe. Living life. Having a hell of a good time.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Interview with Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, a Nigerian, Cuban Indigenous American actress, singer, dancer, writer, radio host, oracle, healer and teacher, the first trans woman of color in Washington DC to publish a work of fiction, a member of the leadership team of Trans Women of Color Collective, listed in the 2015 Trans 100, a group of trans people honored for their work on trans issues in the United States and having a positive impact. Hello Dane!
Dane: Hi Monika, How are you? 
Monika: I am fine, thank you. You are a woman of so many talents! Let’s start with one of your blessings, namely, singing. You are dubbed the Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa … 
Dane: I am, I was given that title a while ago when I was very young, and a powerful medium was reading my aura as I performed. He said “You are a priestess of Mother Africa”.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Interview with Crista Lynn


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Crista Lynn, a video blogger that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Crista!
Crista: Hello all!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Crista: Well, I like to think that I’m a pretty normal person, except when I’m going thru one of my crazy spells. When I’m not getting into trouble, I’m usually a quiet, outdoors adventurer, found swimming at the bottom of some waterfall, out in the desert, catching new pet lizards, at home doing some arts and craft project, or sleeping after a hard days work.
Monika: Why did you decide to share your transition details on YouTube?
Crista: Well, because I was bored, and had just finished writing my memoir “When Fantasies Are Fulfilled”, and was looking for a way to promote my work, which is STILL in the never ending process of being published. What a nightmare! But, I was just looking for a way to bring my story to life and get it out there ahead of being published on paper, and I guess I was also just looking for attention, as usual.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Interview with Elle Bradford


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Elle Bradford, an inspirational young model from the USA, fashionista, and video blogger that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Elle!
Elle: Hello Monika!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Elle: Well, I am a young trans woman living in New York City pursuing a career in fashion. I live with my boyfriend of seven years and our son (d0g) Isaac. Life is good.
Monika: I am a big fan of your vlog. Why did you decide to share your transition details on YouTube?
Elle: I felt that the time was right. I have been stealth for a few years now and never have I been as compelled to share my story than in this moment in time. There is an incredible amount of support for trans people in the world right now and I thought in sharing my story I could present another “version” of trans to the general public. In order to teach them that we are all different, just like everyone else.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Interview with Pauline Park


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Pauline Park, a human rights activist, transgender advocate, the chair of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), president of the board of directors as well as former executive director of Queens Pride House, co-founder of Iban/Queer Koreans of New York, named to a list of 'The 2012 Most Influential LGBT Asian Icons' and '50 Transgender Icons' for Transgender Day of Remembrance 2012. Hello Pauline!
Pauline: Hello, Monika!
Monika: Your life is very extraordinary. You are a Korean-American adoptee…
Pauline: Yes, I was born in Korea and adopted by European American parents and raised in Milwaukee (Wisconsin). You might be surprised by some things we have in common; you're Polish, and I grew up on the south side of Milwaukee, which is predominantly German and Polish Catholic (it was even more so when I was growing up there in the 1960s and 1970s). I grew up eating kielbasa and punchki as well as sauerkraut -- which is like a bland, non-spicy German version of kimchi~!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Interview with Jennell Jaquays


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Jennell Jaquays, an American designer of role-playing games (RPGs) and video games, known for the Dungeons & Dragons modules “Dark Tower” and “Caverns of Thracia” for Judges Guild. Hello Jennell!
Jennell: Hi Monika. Thank you for letting me share a bit about myself and my story. 
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Jennell: Well in a FEW words, I’m an artist and game developer who late in life accepted that she was ALSO transgender. I was born and lived most of my early life in the American Midwest (near the Great Lakes) and had a not too unusual childhood. For the most part, sports didn’t interest me (I became a baseball fan one year that the Detroit baseball team, the Tigers, won the world series), but I was very much into comic books of all sorts, and drawing, and building imaginary worlds with my younger brother. I had (still have) a younger brother and sister. We moved just about every three years and friendship relationships rarely outlasted the moves so my brother ended up being my best friend as well. Until I was in high school, most of our adventures were shared with each other.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Interview with Micheline Montreuil


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Micheline Anne Hélène Montreuil, a Quebec lawyer, teacher, writer, radio host, trade unionist and politician. Hello Micheline!
Micheline: Hello Monika; how are you today?
Monika: I am fine, thank you. Could you say a few words about yourself?
Micheline: Well I could say that I am just an ordinary girl, but being also at the same time a little bit special because I am a transgender. Otherwise, on a professional level, I am just a lawyer, a professor of law, management and ethics at university, a writer and a lecturer.
Monika: You made yourself known with your struggles for transgender rights in Canada. Could you elaborate on some of your initiatives in this respect? 
Micheline: My first initiatives were about my name. I wished only to add the first name Micheline to my birth certificate to allow me to have a driver’s license under the name of Micheline Montreuil but unfortunately, the Registrar of civil status denied me this right.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Interview with Yuni Carey


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Yuni Carey, an American model of Cuban descent, dancer, and beauty pageant queen. Hello Yuni!
Yuni: Hello!
Monika: Yuni, you look absolutely beautiful! What is the secret of your everlasting beauty?
Yuni: Aww thank you my love that's very sweet of you. Well I like to stay on top of my self by always taking good care of my diet and eating well balanced food as also maintaining a straight forward nutrition. Few secrets would be hormones, which are very important, as well as dancing to stay in shape... And always on top of all, fashion and the best products for beauty. A trans woman has to always stay on top of things to be stunning. 

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Interview with Sheala Dawn Reinertson


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Sheala Dawn Reinertson, an advanced patient care technician, happy wife and mother. Hello Sheala!
Sheala: Hello, it is a pleasure to be with you.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Sheala: Yes, thank you. I am 33 and came out as transgender at 31. Before then I had spent 8 years in the US NAVY, and am very proud of the time that I spent in the service. I am now making a great advancement in my career and in nursing school.
Monika: Your name hit the headlines in connection with The Name Change Project, which expanded to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a year ago and connects transgender people with volunteer attorneys. How did the project help you?
Sheala: That was honestly the only way I was able to complete my name change. In PA I had to go in front of a judge, I would have done the papers all wrong, they were also able to minimize the cost to me. Without that I would not have been able to afford the name change.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Interview with Tela La'Raine Love


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Tela La'Raine Love, a transgender activist from New Orleans. Hello Tela!
Tela: Greetings Monika!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Tela: Sure, let me start by saying I believe this is a truly awesome thing you are doing for the transgender folk who can identify with the experience. I am honored that you wanted me to take part. With that being said you know my name is Tela La'Raine Love and I self-identify as a trans-experienced woman.
I view myself as a woman with trans-experience and not of the trans-experience because being trans is not the totality of my being but merely a facet of who I am. I am a trailblazer in the since that I am one of the few trans-woman of color from the south New Orleans, Louisiana that has chosen not to fully assimilate into a life of stealth. Why? That choice is simply not an option for me.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Interview with Jackie Enx


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Jackie Enx, an Irish/American radio personality, percussionist, performer, instructor and a founding member of the rock bands as Warrior (Virgin Records 1982-1984) and Rhino Bucket (Warner Bros and Acetate 1989-1993 and 2006-2009). Hello Jackie!
Jackie: Good evening Monika.
Monika: It has been over 20 years since you left Rhino Bucket. What are you doing these days? Are you working on any new artist projects now?
Jackie: I’m always working on something new, I’ve always had a “next” mentality and I do work really hard at whatever I’m doing and then it’s “next”.
Right now I’m playing drums behind SHANE DWIGHT who is a singer/songwriter out of Nashville and I’m producing, arranging and playing with an Irish band that has relocated to San Francisco called THE GUV’RMENT.

Monday, 11 May 2015

Interview with Mey Rude


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Mey Rude, the Trans Editor at Autostraddle, a writer, blogger and transgender activist. Hello Mey!
Mey: Hi!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Mey: Well, obviously, my name is Mey. I’m a transgender Latina who lives in Idaho in the US. I’m also a lesbian, and a comic book nerd and a writer. I work as the Trans Editor for the website Autostraddle.com.
Monika: As Trans Editor at Autostraddle, you follow and comment on all the trends related to the visibility of transgender women in the media. Thanks to the success of “Orange is the New Black,” “Transparent,” “New Girls on the Block,” and “True Trans With Laura Jane Grace” and other TV productions, we have faced an increasing visibility of trans characters. Is it a stable trend?

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Interview with Nicola Jane Chase


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Nicola Jane Chase, a British writer from near Liverpool, who currently lives in New York. A former globe-trotting DJ and radio personality, she is the author of “Tea and Transition” (2015). Hello Nicola! 
Nicola: Hey Monika!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Nicola: That's always hard! But I'd say I am a supremely content New York woman with a transgender history.
Monika: Why did you decide to write your autobiography?
Nicola: In fact it started out as a journal, a diary, I didn’t set out to write a book. It was relatively early in my transition and I realized that I was having experiences and going through events that had never happened before and may not happen again. Starting hormones, the first therapy session and so on.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Interview with Bianca Leigh


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Bianca Leigh, an American actress, writer, and singer. Hello Bianca!
Bianca: Witam, Monika!
Monika: “She’s got Bette Davis eyes, Joan Crawford facial expressions, Faye Dunaway angst, Norma Shearer hauteur, and Marlene Dietrich cross-sexual appeal.” Who is that woman?☺
Bianca: A press agent’s dream! LOL That woman is me on-stage, chewing the scenery. The off-stage me is much more sedate. A little boring, even.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Interview with Kayla Ward: Update


Monika: Hello Kayla! It has been 18 months since our first interview. What has changed in your life since then?
Kayla: I moved to Dallas, Texas and began chasing my dreams of modelling and acting.
Monika: You look absolutely stunning! What is the secret of your beauty?
Kayla: Luck with genetics is about the only answer I can honestly give. I’d like to say it is due to eating healthy, consistent work outs, and always getting enough sleep but that doesn’t happen like it should.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Interview with Nika Fontaine


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Nika Fontaine, an inspirational Canadian artist based in Berlin, Germany, coffin designer, curator of the Kitsch Lexikon and Kitschypedia. Her works consist of glitter paintings, sculptures, video, music, photography and performance art. Hello Nika!
Nika: Hello Monika! Thank you for the invitation, your blog played a big role in my process of acceptance!
Monika: Thank you! Could you say a few words about yourself?
Nika: I very much like your introduction, maybe I can just make it more precise. I am French Canadian and I have been living in Berlin for almost seven years now. I started the transition process one year and a half ago.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Interview with Emma Martin


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Emma Martin, a British IT consultant, Clinical Psychotherapist, and transgender activist. Hello Emma!
Emma: Hi Monika. Thank you for inviting me.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Emma: What can I say? Well I’ve been married to the love of my life Linda for 37 years, spent most of my working life in IT with various companies ending up as an IT Manager for a major food manufacturer, then got a bit fed up with IT and trained as a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. Now, retired, I consider myself to be a full time writer. I’m also teaching myself 3D graphics design. As to hobbies, we have two retired greyhounds that will soon be the stars of a series of children’s stories I’m writing.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Interview with Marisa Allen


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honor to interview Marisa Allen, a Belgian revue producer and performer, director, and creator of the award-winning show ballet "The New Sensations". She has been The Designer of the Stars for more than 10 years. Hello Marisa!
Marisa: Hello dear Monika!
Monika: You look fantastic, Marisa. What is the secret of your beauty?
Marisa: I think it is love and happiness… it makes me glow.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Interview with Koko Jones


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Koko Jones, an American activist and a voice in the trans community, jazz percussionist and band leader that played for such artists as Whitney Houston, The Isley Brothers, Winard Harper, and Reggie Workman, the author of her newest album “Who's That Lady”. Hello Koko!
Koko: Hi Monika!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Koko: Well I would say that I’m a musician, writer, composer, producer, educator, Buddhist, a parent and a trans women of color.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Interview with Jessica O’Donnell


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Jessica O’Donnell formerly known as Jessica Cummings. She is an American transgender activist, video blogger, former co-host of Transition Radio. Hello Jessica!
Jessica: Hi Monika! Thank you for providing me with this opportunity to be a part of such a positive outlet for our community. I am truly honoured to be included in this!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Jessica: Sure! I am a 40 year old transgender woman who like others have struggled with my gender and identity my entire life. When I started day care and through 1st grade I thought I was a girl but learned very quickly that if I wanted to be accepted by others I had to act like a boy.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Interview with Stephanie Postma


Monika: Today’s interview will be with Stephanie Postma, a young Dutch video blogger that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Stephanie!
Stephanie: Hello Monika!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Stephanie: I am a 22 year old female and student of beauty and wellness in the last year.
Monika: Why did you decide to share your transition details on YouTube?
Stephanie: I was young and I thought I might be an inspiration for other young transgender ladies. I was only 14 when I uploaded my first YouTube video.
Monika: At which stage of the transition are you right now?
Stephanie: I’m finished! I would really like a boob job in a couple of years but for the time being it is enough. I am happy with myself and that is the most important issue for me.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Interview with Bright Daffodil


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honor to interview Bright Daffodil, a British woman born intersex, participant of many documentaries and interviews. Hello Bright Daffodil! 
Bright Daffodil: NAMASTE Monika an absolute pleasure to meet you.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Bright Daffodil: I believe myself to be a Pleidian, a star seed here in London, in human terms I’m an intersex person, a transgendered woman, but I’m at a stage in my life where gender to me is nothing more than the others perception. I don’t see myself as any gender anymore, just as a soul having a human experience.
I think I have transcended gender to be really honest. For my soul it’s easier to live a female experience however I don’t think I’m female or male in knowing my true self I am merely an organic being.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Interview with Victoria Cordoba Lima


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Victoria Cordoba Lima, a film director, producer, and performer from Argentina. Hello Victoria!
Victoria: Hello Monika, how are you doing?
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Victoria: I’ d like to say that I am someone in constant urge for transforming myself and not just physically when I say ‘transforming’. I mean growing up, learning, discovering. I started to express my gender identity in Argentina, Buenos Aires during the 1970’s.
I have been fascinated with trans women since an early age. At that time perhaps I didn’t know that I was one of them but along the years I realized that those spectacular women I used to see were a part of who I am.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Interview with Meghna Lama


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Meghna Lama, a Nepalese model, and beauty pageant queen. Hello Meghna!
Meghna: Hello Monika, Namaste!
Monika: Meghna, you look absolutely beautiful! What is the secret of your everlasting beauty?
Meghna: :) Thanks for your complement. There is no any secret about my beauty; we just have to think and feel that we are beauties with the glow that comes automatically on our faces.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Meghna: I just feel that when we are born into this world we all have to face many difficulties and problems in every walk of life, regardless whether are male, female or LGBTI, so I don’t worry about it, and I always love to face it and at the end success comes close to me.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Interview with Kelly Star


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Kelly Star, an Australian model and celebrity. Hello Kelly!
Kelly: Hello Monika!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Kelly: I am strong, passionate and driven, with an aura of kindness. I am also compassionate to all living creatures living a Vegan lifestyle, which I believe keeps me looking young and radiating love all the time.
Monika: You hit the headlines in March 2015 when the American and Australian media presented you as a woman who claimed to have the “Largest Boobs in Australia.” Does the media attention help you with your career?
Kelly: Yes, by exposing myself (in more ways than one) I am hoping to further my career. It is a risk I am taking right now.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Interview with Sass Rogando Sasot


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Sass Rogando Sasot, a transpinay (a Filipina trans woman of Philippine descent) advocating for the dignity of trans people, aspiring to become an international relations scholar and practitioner of diplomacy, and hoping to improve the visibility of trans folks in international politics. Hello Sass!
Sass: Hello, Monika! Thank you for having me here!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Sass: I am a passionate, reflective, dedicated, and determined person. I love to read, write, and reflect on what makes us human - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the divine. I am always a work in progress. This has meant different things in different stages of my life.
Right now, I’m on my way to becoming an international relations scholar, who has an affinity with classical realism, and a future practitioner of diplomacy, who wants to become involved in the field of conflict resolution and transformation. In the process, I would like to help improve the visibility of trans people in international politics.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Interview with Plastic Martyr


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Plastic Martyr, an American Transgender high fashion print, runway model, and singer. Hello Plastic Martyr!
Plastic Martyr: Hello love!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Plastic Martyr: Well, for those of you who are new to hearing my name I am a 25 year old transgender celebrity. Mostly known for being one of the big Transgender models and recently just started doing some music!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Interview with Olivia Sessions


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Olivia Sessions, a British record producer, videographer and occasional YouTube video blogger. Hello Olivia!
Olivia: Hey Monika!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Olivia: Well ’m a record producer, IT manager, geek, gamer, lover of all things Japan, meditation practising, Wiccan who just so happens to also be trans. My full name is Olivia Florence Isabelle Sessions. I chose Olivia (Or Liv as I prefer), as a nod to my birth name which was Oliver for a few days before being changed to Tim, and Florence Isabelle as it was my granny’s name, she was an amazing and incredibly strong woman, who I wanted to honour in some small way.

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Interview with Terri Jay


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Terri Jay, an American beauty pageant queen, model, and transgender activist. Hello Terri!
Terri: Hi Monika! I am honored to meet you and wanted to thank you for your time and interest to interview me.
Monika: You look fantastic, Terri!
Terri: Thank you very much.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Terri: Yes, my name is Terri Jay, I am 46 years old and I am a proud Native American Indian TransWoman, and am also a member of the Navajo/Zuni Tribes from the state of New Mexico. I am currently single and am in the dating scene, looking for love with a respectful male partner.
I am very proud to share that I have a fabulous rewarding career as a Certified Addictions Specialist, working in the area of Non-Profit Organization at APAIT (Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team) Health-Center, located in Los Angeles, California and working with TransWomen of color community who suffer from surrounding Addictions and Homelessness.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Interview with Joanne Borden


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Joanne Borden, a transgender activist from the USA, former industrial engineering consultant, president of two engineering societies, and happy father and grandfather. Hello Joanne!
Joanne: Hello Monika.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Joanne: When talking about myself it is rarely just a few words because I’m my favorite topic! In 89 years, anyone would have a lengthy biography so I have a great deal to say about myself. Briefly, I am a transgender woman who was always a happy person. As a friend once said, “You were always a happy person but now (after “coming out”) you are always happy!” I credit that to being a realist.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Interview with Michelle Diamond


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Michelle Diamond, an Australian transgender activist, and the first ever Transgender Goal umpire for Australian Rules Football, making history for the trans community in Australia. Hello Michelle!
Michelle: Hello Monika, thank you for this opportunity.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Michelle: Well for starters I am a pre-op transsexual who has been transitioning for about 4 years now, been an activist for most of those years until I retired in the end of 2012 to follow my dreams. I ended up following my dreams and wanted to get involved in Australian Rules Football as a goal umpire and so I trained hard and worked on it to make sure I achieved my goals and make my dreams a reality, on the 26th April 2014 I made history by becoming the first ever transwoman to become a goal umpire here in Australia.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Interview with Brae Carnes


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Brae Carnes, a young transgender activist, and vlogger from Canada. Hello Brae!
Brae: Hello :)
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Brae: I am 23, and currently a trans rights activist. Specifically opposing the amendments made to bill c279 by a Canadian senator Donald Plett.
Monika: You hit the headlines in February 2015 when the Canadian media covered your social media campaign against bathroom bans for transgender women. Were you satisfied with the way the media covered your campaign?
Brae: I was satisfied because it was coverage, which I was very grateful for. They somewhat simplified my campaign, which is understandable as anything trans* is hard for the public to understand.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Interview with Karine Solene Espineira


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Karine Solene Espineira, a Chilean-born transgender activist from France, one of the most inspirational and charismatic leaders of the transgender community in France, blogger, the author of "Transidentité: Ordre et panique de genre" (2015), "Médiacultures: la transidentité en télévision" (2015), “La Transyclopédie: Tout Savoir Sur Les Transidentités” (2012) – an encyclopedia of the transgender movement in France (but just not). She is a researcher at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, and a member of the coordination team of the international campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. Hello Karine! 
Karine: Hello Monika! I’m very enchanted with this interview. Thank you for it. It is an honor to contribute to your blog, which is a precious source of information about our community. Our stories can contribute to the culture of our groups but also to the “common culture”. I also have to apologize for my English … but my Spanish is better and my French is fantastic!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Interview with Merryn Witherspoon: Part 2


Monika: It has been over a year since our first interview. You look fantastic! What has changed in your life since then?
Merryn: Many thanks Monika! It’s nice to keep in touch. Yes, a lot has certainly happened since our first interview in March 2014 and which occurred at a time of great uncertainty just after my father had died and my mother was in a nursing home. She actually also then died in early and I then had to decide whether or not to continue with my move back to North Yorkshire.
Ultimately, I did move back in early July having decided to move in to my late parents house and convert it into a B&B as it’s located in a prime tourist area close to the North Yorkshire National Park and the historic city of York as well as being close to my birthplace of Scarborough on the north coast of England. It’s a very small rural hamlet with only about ten houses and I did wonder what the neighbours would make of me!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Interview with Valerie Lyn Brooks


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Valerie Lyn Brooks, a former US Navy Gunner, photographer, historian and veteran advocate. Hello Valerie!
Valerie: Good Morning, Monika. It’s a pleasure to be interviewed.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Valerie: I am a Navy veteran, photographer, historian, veteran advocate and currently work in the field of Disaster Recovery.
Monika: At which stage of the transition are you right now?
Valerie: Actually, I am hitting my 1 year mark on HRT on April 2nd 2015.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Interview with Violet Bernarde


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Violet Bernarde, a young video blogger that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Violet!
Violet: Who me? ;P
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Violet: I’m an average girl. I just happen to have a trait that other girls don’t, but we all have something that makes us unique in some way.
Monika: Why did you decide to share your transition details on YouTube?
Violet: I shared myself for a few different reasons. I wanted to document my own transition and make a diary of sorts. I wanted to give back to the community and make videos that helped others. I wanted to connect with people for my own sake and it also gave me a little spending money to pay for food which I didn’t have much of in the beginning.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Interview with Sophia Gubb


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Sophia Gubb, a writer who is British by birth but living in Germany, the author of the biographical book titled “Stubborn Soul” (2015). Hello Sophia!
Sophia: Hi there :)
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Sophia: Um, I have lots of identities, but I'm not sure what to say that really speaks about who I am... I'm a writer, a speaker when I can manage it, and am very passionate about trying to help the world however I can. I'm into spirituality, personal development, animal rights (including vegetarianism/veganism) and LGBT topics. That said, right now I'm recovering from the most intense part of my gender transition and trying to find some kind of stability in my life, so I'm not working at full capacity.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Interview with Teri Louise Kelly


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Teri Louise Kelly, an Australian writer, poet, the author of many books, including the biographical books titled: “Sex, Knives & Bouillabaisse” (2008), “Last Bed on Earth” (2009) “American Blow Job” (2010) and “Bent” (2014). Hello Teri!
Teri: Hi Monika.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Teri: I like to write, garden and drink, although not necessarily in that order. 
Monika: Your books cover very diverse topics: loneliness as in “The Last Bed on Earth” (2009), immigration as in “American Blow Job: A Novel” (2010), war and blood as in “The Colour of Your Blood” (2012). How do you find subjects for your books?
Teri: Mainly they’re based on my life, just stories and memories and reminiscence, sometimes they’re clear and other times out of focus so the theme develops perhaps from one single memory into a mishmash of recollections joined with narrative.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Interview with Karen Adell Scot


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Karen Adell Scot. Miss Scot is a very diverse woman. She is an award winning California high school science teacher, a movie producer and screen writer of feature films, a former Major in the military, law enforcement officer, and recently a beauty queen. Hello Karen Adell!
Karen Adell: Hi there Monika!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Karen Adell: Thank you so much for interviewing me. It is an honor to share a little bit of my life with your readers.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Interview with Amy Tashiana


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Amy Tashiana, a former model, fashion coordinator, performer, one of the most famous transgender icons from Singapore. Hello Amy! 
Amy: Hello Monika!
Monika: Amy, you look absolutely beautiful! What is the secret of your everlasting beauty?
Amy: The secret of my beauty? For me, only minor issues need to be fixed and the rest depends on my doctor's advice, including some beauty creams. Not too many interventions, but of course breast implants were indispensible.
Monika: How did you start your modeling career?
Amy: I entered into the modeling world when I was 17 years old with basic professional modelling training.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Interview with Andrea Zekis


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Andrea Zekis, a cartographer and transgender activist from Arkansas, USA. She’s executive director of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition and consultant to the Human Rights Campaign in Arkansas. Hello Andrea!
Andrea: Hello Monika! Thank you for the opportunity to explain myself! Ha! Ha! Seriously, I appreciate the opportunity to talk to you about the work I take part in and the community I serve.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Andrea: I’m 36, originally from the Chicago area, but have called Arkansas home since 2005. At the time, I was married, living as a man and working as a journalist. Since age 3, I knew there was something different about myself, but didn’t learn the word transgender until I was 18 years old.

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