Thursday, 2 May 2013

Interview with Dana Beyer

Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Dana Beyer with whom I would like to discuss the role of transgender women in the US politics. Hello Dana!
Dana: Hi Monika! Good to speak with you today.
Monika: Could you say a few words about your career so far?
Dana: I’ve had a few, actually. I’ve been a physician and surgeon. I’ve done research on endocrine disruptors and human sexuality, as well as other public health issues. Then there’s been my work as an LGBT and trans civil rights activist.
Monika: What are the current issues on the transgender advocacy agenda?
Dana: The main issue facing many trans persons in the US today is still making a life after transition. Even with federal employment protections, people find it hard to manage in a generally ignorant and, unfortunately, still hostile world. Persons of color are still targeted for assault and murder. Health care is hard to come by, though we’ve seen major improvements on that front.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Interview with Lisa Salazar

Monika: Today’s interview will be with Lisa Salazar, a Canadian transgender advocate, author of the book titled "Transparently: Behind the Scenes of a Good Life" (2011). Hello Lisa!
Lisa: Hi Monika, thank you for your interest and for the opportunity to share with you and your friends.
Monika: Could you say a few words about your career so far?
Lisa: I have been a self-employed graphic designer all of my professional life. Unfortunately, my current work situation is very different from what it was five years ago — I am severely underemployed.
I attribute this to four reasons; first, my client base has shrunk slowly as many of my clients (who are about the same age as me) have retired; second, the economic slow down has made finding new clients and employment very difficult; third, my age (I’m 62); and fourth, being transgender is a liability when it comes to doing business.

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