Saturday, 30 April 2016

Interview with Therese Wonnacott


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honor to interview Therese Wonnacott, aka Aunty Anita, a Hawaiian Pioneer and former beauty pageant promoter, and transgender activist for Transwomen of Color. Hello Therese. I am so happy to interview such an icon!
Therese: Thank You , it is a pleasure, Monika!
Monika: You look fantastic, Therese. What is the secret of your beauty?
Therese: Well, I am lucky to get my beauty from the ethnic background of being Hawaiian Asian mixture. All women of my family have beautiful skin. They also taught me not to try  going in the sun, and if I do, only with sun block or wearing a big hat to protect my skin. 
I drink lots of water. I eat a healthy meal, plus I apply a natural skin cream or virgin coconut oil on my face before going to bed each night. Being 63 I am lucky I do not look my age.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Interview with Daliah Husu


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honor to interview Daliah Husu, an American writer, poet, former stage artist, the author of the biographical book titled “I Am Woman: Surviving the Past, the Present, & the Future” (2016). Hello Daliah!
Daliah: Hello Monika! Thank you for this opportunity to interview with you and for taking interest in me and my book.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Daliah: Well, I could say more than a few words about myself (laughing out loud), but I’ll try to keep it short and sweet…
I’m originally from the Caribbean, but I was raised in the United States. I’ve always been an artistically inclined individual, especially fond of visual arts, poetry, and music. I’m a big sucker for Latin love songs, which tells you that I’m also a very passionate person. I’ve been around and have worked in the fashion, beauty, and entertainment industries.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Interview with Griffin Rae Birdsong


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Griffin Rae Birdsong, an American poet, writer, official blogger and contributor to the Death Rattle Writer's Festival, and member of Idaho's 2015 National Poetry Slam team, the author of the biographical book titled “A Pansexual Adventure Through Time: A Transition Autobiography” (2016). Hello Griffin Rae!
Griffin Rae: Howdy! And thank you so much for interviewing me! I feel so special! 
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Griffin Rae: Oh, I’m just your average 26 year old trans woman looking for a purpose in life. I’m a chronically unemployed college dropout. I was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho and I currently live in Boise, Idaho. Lucky for me there is an excellent artistic community that has accepted me for who I am and allowed me to flourish as a fledgling performance poet.
Monika: Is there anything like transgender literature?
Griffin Rae: Yes and no. On one hand the transition autobiography genre is a fairly new and emerging trend in literature.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Interview with Georgia Lee McGowen


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honor to interview Georgia Lee McGowen, writer, blogger, the author of the autobiographical book titled “Dear Mom and Dad: You Don't Know Me, But ...” (2012). Hello Georgia!
Georgia: And a grateful Hello to you as well Monika. This is indeed a pleasure and honor.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Georgia: Oh Monika I could say more than a few words about myself as the original draft of “Dear Mom and Dad” would attest to. If published as originally written it would have run to 700+ pages. Thankfully my publisher, iUniverse, convinced me that it was way too wordy. As for a few words about myself in the context of your blog; I am a history buff; in particular, the history of famous people.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Interview with Alexandria Krause


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Alexandria Krause, a young American video blogger that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Alexandria!
Alexandria: Hello Monika!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Alexandria: I’m Alexandria or Lexi whichever you prefer, I make YouTube videos and Vlogs as a hobby and recently I started up my own Blog on Blogger.
Monika: Your vlog is very popular. You answer many questions about your transition. What has been the strangest question that you have ever answered?
Alexandria: That’s a tough question lol. The majority of comments are very positive and supportive. I guess I could narrow that down to two comments.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Interview with Rachael Evelyn Booth


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Rachael Evelyn Booth, an American writer, poet, US Navy veteran, linguist, computer scientist, martial artist, entertainer, and the author of the biographical book titled “Wishing On A Star: My Journey Across the Gender Divide” (2016). Hello Rachael!
Rachael: Hi Monika! Thanks for talking with me.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Rachael: I am a 64-year-old woman living with my wife in the beautiful mountains of New Hampshire. I grew up in rural northwestern Ohio where I first realized that there was something wrong inside of me. I would sit out in a little field behind our house waiting to wish on the first star so I could be a girl when I woke up the next morning. Thus the name of my first book.
As many other trans-people of my time did, I tried to find my way in society as a man by first joining the Navy, then getting married and having children all in an attempt to find something that would make me feel happy in my expected role in life. Nothing worked and all I ended up doing was bringing more and more people into my life that I hurt terribly when I finally had to move ahead and become the person I am today.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Interview with Elaine Walquist


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Elaine Walquist, an American advocate for the LGBT community, former model, retired high school teacher, vlogger, table tennis and chess champion. Hello Elaine!
Elaine: Hi, Monika! Thanks for inviting me.
Monika: You are a lady of so many talents! Could you say a few words about yourself?
Elaine: I have a wide range of interests and I’ve experimented with different fun activities. I learned table tennis after high school and I was terrible at first. I kept at it and after joining leagues, clubs, training camps and personal instruction; I ranked in the top 20 women in the U.S. as well as four-time State champion. I love foreign languages and I wanted share that love with others so I became a teacher for 20 years and Foreign Language Department Chair at my high school.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Interview with Mireya Milan


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honor to interview Mireya Milan, a young video blogger that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Mireya!
Mireya: Hello Monika! First of all let me say that it is a HUGE honor for me to be interviewed by you and I am super excited about it. I love what you are doing for the transgender community!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Mireya: Well, my name's Mireya, I am 27 years old I was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. I came to the US when I was about 8 years old, and I grew up in Dallas, Texas. I moved to Los Angeles, CA about a year and 5 months ago.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Interview with Danni Rose Monroe


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Danni Rose Monroe, a young video blogger that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Danni!
Danni: Hey Monika!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Danni: Well I am 20 years old, I live in Calgary, Alberta, and I make YouTube videos to help educate people about what transgender is.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Interview with Jamie Haze


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Jamie Haze, a young video blogger that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Jamie!
Jamie: Hello!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Jamie: Well, where to start, I am 23 years old, just graduated from college currently looking for a real big person job, I am huge into sports and love to play all sorts of sports, definite athlete. I am the head coach for a college hockey team in the US, and oh yeah, I am a trans woman.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Interview with Deena Kaye Rose


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Deena Kaye Rose, an American writer, lecturer, one of the most recognized Nashville songwriters of her time with over 400 songs published and around 200 of those recorded and released worldwide, the author of the biographical book titled “Some Days Are Diamonds” (2016). Hello Deena! 
Deena: Hi, Monika! It is an honor to be invited to share a bit of my humble story with you. Thanks bunches.
Monika: You are a woman of so many talents! Could you say a few words about your fantastic career?
Deena: Well, I appreciate your very kind words. I have often thought that even a stray dog finds a ham-bone now and then! So I have stumbled upon some minor successes in the world of entertainment.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Interview with Rica Salomon


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Rica Salomon, a young video blogger that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Rica!
Rica: Hello Monika!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Rica: Hi! My name is Rica Salomon, 24 years old and I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. I just recently graduated from a Jesuit university here in my country and I took up AB Interdisciplinary Studies having communications and psychology as my main tracks.
Right now, I am currently focusing on my YouTube channel and at the same time trying to venture in putting up my own business. I am eyeing for either franchising my father’s restaurant or starting my own beauty salon.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Interview with Nikola Piława


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Nikola Piława, a young Australian video blogger that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Nikki!
Nikki: Hello Monika! Thank you for having me.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Nikki: My full name is Nikola. I’m 20 years old and I reside in Australia. I grew up in New Zealand, only recently moving here to start my career as a makeup artist. Creating YouTube videos documenting my transition from male to female is something I do to help educate and help other people. I also have an unhealthy obsession with makeup and dogs.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Interview with Debbie Ballard


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Debbie Ballard, an American IT architect consultant, writer, the author of the biographical books titled “Debbie's Secret Life: LGBT in Stealth” (2013), and “Living in Stealth: Undercover (2015)”. Debbie was also a leader in the commercialization of the Internet (1992-1996), Linux and Open Source (1996-2004), Globalization (2004-2013). Hello Debbie!
Debbie: Hi Monika, it’s a pleasure to be able to participate.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Debbie: I’m a transgender woman. I knew that I was a girl inside by the time I was 2 years old, several times during my life I reached out for help, and because of laws and restrictions on the medical profession, I was forced to keep my gender Dysphoria a secret. I started to transition in 1988, and was about to start HRT when I was faced with the choice of giving up transition or never seeing my children again. Shortly after my daughter graduated from college, in 2009, I began to transition again. I went full time in 2013 and have been living as female ever since.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Interview with Pamela Giovanni


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Pamela Giovanni, a British actress, model and singer, performer, entertainer, and diva. Hello Pamela!
Pamela: Hi!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Pamela: Firstly, thank you for asking me to interview for you and a pleasure to offer my advice and help to others. I am a mature lady. I am an actress, model and wannabe singer.
Monika: When did you decide that you would like to be a stage artist?
Pamela: I am not a stage artist per se. I have performed on stage and screen. I guess I have always been a drama queen from a very early age.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Interview with Josie Kardashian


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Miss Josie Kardashian, a young American YouTube sensation that documents her transition in front of thousands on the Internet. Hello Josie!
Josie: Hello Doll!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Josie: Well I’m 16, and LOVE to make YouTube videos about my life as a transgender teen. A few words I might use to describe myself are: pretty, ambitious, confident, and lastly… ONE OF A KIND!

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Interview with Brenda Appleton


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Brenda Appleton, an Australian transgender activist and strong advocate for improved rights for trans and gender diverse people. Hello Brenda!
Brenda: Thanks Monika for the opportunity to discuss the trans community and how and where I fit into the community in Melbourne.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Brenda: I am now 65 and have been retired for 7 years. I was born in NZ but have lived in Australia, mostly Melbourne, for more than 20 years. I transitioned more than 14 years ago when I was working for a multinational organisation and have not had a moment of hesitation that it was the right decision for me.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Interview with Tista Das


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Tista Das, who is an Indian actress, social activist, transgender advocate, and icon of empowerment and choice for the transgender community in India. Hello Tista!
Tista: Hello Monika.
Monika: When did you decide to pursue an acting career?
Tista: I wanted to pursue a career in acting from my childhood days. While viewing a movie, there were quite a number of occasions in which I fantasized myself with the on screen heroines like Suchitra Sen or Sharmila Tagore. I used to imitate them, like the way they pout or walk or look at heroes.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Interview with Claire Michelle


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honor to interview Claire Michelle, a young Seattle musician who documents her life and transition on YouTube. Hello Claire!
Claire: Hi Monika!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Claire: Certainly! I’m a folk rock musician from Seattle, trying to show that transgender people are no longer in the shadows through my music and vlogs.
Monika: Why did you decide to share your transition details on YouTube?
Claire: I come from a small town where there was no sense of community for queer or transgender people. I had a community online and found myself inspired by the stories and trials that many trans people go through. So, when I started transitioning I wanted to help and educate those who may still be in the position I was, alone and without community. I figured YouTube was a good avenue for that.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Interview with Christie De Vries


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Christie De Vries, an Australian writer, former nurse, showgirl, the author of the biographical book titled “Down the Rabbit Hole...: An Autobiography by Christie De Vries” (2015). Hello Christie!
Christie: Hi Monika! So lovely to meet you. Must say I'm chuffed that you contacted me from Poland!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Christie: Hmmm, I guess I'm just like everyone, trying to find sense in a very crazy world. I try not to watch too much news, the events in the world are just overwhelming. Being Transgender certainly isn't an easy life path to choose. There seems to be more tolerance to transgender children these days and that's wonderful.
It was a difficult journey and I wouldn't want to ever have to go through all that again! These days, I enjoy writing, spending time with my dog Jess and see a few select friends. I love the beauty of nature and flowers.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Interview with Alana Joy


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Alana Joy, a commodity trader, musician, photographer, hiker, writer, and dreamer, the author of the biographical book titled “Dreamy Morning” (2015). Hello Alana!
Alana: Hi Monika, thank you so much for asking me to do this interview. It is an honor and a privilege to be here.
Also, I want to thank you Monika, for creating such a wonderful website. There is a wealth of knowledge and information here, thanks to the collective experiences of all of these wonderful ladies.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Alana: As of this writing, I am a 60 year old transwoman. As a nature lover, I am fortunate to live in Phoenix, AZ, U.S.A., where the city has preserved many hundreds of acres of natural desert land, within the city limits. There are many hiking trails, which I hike often to keep in shape. I am a very artistic person, who loves music, photography, and the art of charting and trading.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Interview with Tina Madison White


Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview transwoman Tina Madison White. She has carved out a career as a commercial and investment banker, management consultant, business information manager, and an organization strategist. She is the author of the memoir titled “Between Shadow and Sun: A Husband's Journey Through Gender - A Wife's Labor of Love” (2015). Hello Tina!
Tina: Hi, Monika! It is a pleasure to talk to you.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Tina: Certainly. I have had a wonderful life so far. I have five children and five grandchildren. My wife, Mary, and I have been together for eighteen years. Last week another tourist remarked, “you two cannot possibly have been married so long: you are too happy!”

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