Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Interview with Lisa Olsson

Monika: Today’s interview is with Lisa Olsson, a transgender advocate and activist, photographer from Sweden. Hello Lisa!
Lisa: Hello Monika! I am happy to be interviewed by you.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Lisa: Well, it is hard to describe one self in just a few words. I am a person that can not just sit idle and do nothing, there has to always be some activity. Preferable some activities that demand some intellectual focus. I am 35 years old and work as an unemployment agent. I still study at university level, mostly for fun.
Monika: How did you start taking photos?
Lisa: I have always had a camera of some sort. For a long time I thought about investing in a SLR camera so I could take better pictures. In the end, about three years ago I finally bought a simpler version. And upgraded to a far better one soon after that.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Interview with Aeris Houlihan

Monika: Today’s interview will be with Aeris Houlihan, a young video blogger that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Aeris!
Aeris: Hi Monika.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Aeris: I was born in Dublin and moved over to England when I was around 3. I have lived in England ever since. I’m an outgoing individual who loves to keep fit and take care in her appearance. I love clothes shopping and trying new makeup techniques. I’m a musician, music producer and love to work on video special effects.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Songs of Allison Lenore Annalora (12)

Monika: "Music That Makes Me Dance" is a 1964 song from the musical “Funny Girl”, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill. The plot is based on the life and career of Broadway, film star and comedienne Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein. The cast included Barbra Streisand. Given Barbra’s acting in the musical, I do not probably have to ask you why you chose this song?  :)
Allison: As you know, Barbra is my Idol! I got the Broadway soundtrack of "Funny Girl" back then and fell in love with that song. I do her 1999 release "A Love Like Ours" CD version. I sang it for my long time friends, Brian and Daniel at my gig in May. It's their favorite song... They are getting married in Washington State on Oct 5th 2013.

Interview with Ellen Krug

Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Ellen Krug, an American transgender author and activist, with whom I would like to discuss about her autobiographical book and view on life. Hello Ellen!
Ellen: Hello Monika! I’m honoured to be here today!
Monika: Could you say a few words about your career so far?
Ellen: Oh, it’s been a career that literally spans two lives. When I was a boy (I like to use the phrases “boy” and “girl” because they seem more innocent), I had always wanted to be a lawyer. At first, that career goal was driven by altruism—I wanted to change the world, just like Bobby Kennedy wanted. (Bobby Kennedy—President Kennedy’s younger brother—had been a lawyer. He too, wanted to effect much positive change, and he did that by talking about the plight of the poor and people of colour.)
Later, after I started law school, my goals changed—I still wanted to be a lawyer, but then I became more interested in being a trial attorney. Eventually, I did just that. However, by then I was somewhat jaundiced about the world (Reagan had been elected president), and my attention shifted to making money. That continued for a couple decades.

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