|Meeting President Higgins with TENI and|
FLAC (Free Legal Aid Centre).
I do work which earns me a living but can be much more boring. I get bored easily and have always be that way. It has got me into trouble now and then as well..:).
I'm also writing an autobiography about my turbulent life and the mountains I've had to climb to get to get to this point in my life. The national television station in Ireland TV3 is making a documentary about me and three others, which is to be aired in the Spring of 2014.
I finally transitioned in 2007 in March so it will be 7 years next year. Family support was negligible. My parents are dead and my children gave me no support. While the have no issue with my life now, they do not have any long term contact with me either. All my non family were very supportive.
|Reception for Anna Grodzka @ Dublin Pride.|
The only thing I can say is that you just have to be yourself. Treat others with respect and dignity and behave with dignity yourself and people will see the good in you and warm to you. There is no point in taking offense at remarks being made against you or any abuse that your receive.
After all it is the abusive people have the problem not you. So I just ignore stuff like that and get on with my life. There are more important things then being worried about what people call you or say to others. Life is too short to worry. My father told me a long time ago..” you die if you worry...you die if you don't worry... so why worry”. It's been the best advice i was ever given.
The media after a bad start have now for the most part realised that how they portray trans people very much reflects on how society treats trans people and the press in particular have become much more accepting and that has spread throughout Irish society. There are still villages and towns where there is transphobia and that's particularly difficult in our education system at second level... but again things are improving greatly.
|From a charity event recently with my good|
friend Alan Mulvaney.
Lowering the age limit for recognition from 18 to 16 is currently the hot topic. I got as motion passed last week at the Labour Party Conference mandating the party to work toward this and other goals to get the GRA as good as we can get it.
Our LGBT section is 10 years old next Tuesday and I've been asked to speak to the room. We were to have our Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Glmore to speak and I was tasked to introduce him. He's gone off to SA for the Mandela funeral so it will be another high ranking government minister... which for me is a great honour.
Things are changing but the attitude of the Catholic church in Ireland had messed up a lot of heads particularly around the issue of sex and relationships. Looking for a good Irish man to treat you well is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
|With my good friend Emer Costello MEP and Adam Long|
at Dublin Pride.
Monika: What is your next step in the present time and where do you see yourself within the next 5-7 years?