Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Jasmine Sapphire Eastall, an inspirational lady from New Zealand, transgender/transsexual activist and advocate. Hello Jasmine!
I was living as gay male at the time, but I knew inside it wasn't what I really was. There was something deeper than that. It wasn’t till my trip to Spain when it really clicked that I was trans and struggled a lot to accept myself. I met a lovely transwoman from Portugal in Barcelona who engaged in a huge conversation with me, that is when I first learnt of hormones.
Once I got back to London about 2006 I was living still in a lie, I wasn't me that is when I had the big break down, and pleaded to my partner I need to see someone about this dysphoria. Then I finally went to Dr Richard James Curtis; it took me a while to get first appointment, like about 5 months, then another 3 months later after first appointment he had me on hormones. This was about 2008.
|Ready for day out with other|
transladies Auckland pride parade
and after party 2013.
Over the last year it has been about me getting my life back on track, getting back to a more career focused mind and offering my support to those who need it. It is my passion to see unity and care in our community.
I haven't noticed any change, just the fact more of us know about this option. Our current surgeon is someone not desired by transwomen; he is getting quite old and his methods seem to be quite outdated.
Sadly the older community seem to want special treatment as opposed to the rest of the transgender community, they also don’t want to fall under that umbrella of trangender, many of us younger transsexual don't seem to mind really, but in general I find in NZ being Transwoman is quite a gift.
I do find sometimes some people from the rural areas are very uneducated though. You do get the whole cis women occasionally like to purposely misgender you, but hey all us girls like to get a bit catty when we are competing for the guys hehe.
|S&M's Cocktail and lounge bar.|
Game show hostess for a funnight
during the Wellington Outgames
In the news, you rarely see the good stuff printed, also I notice they like to highlight the bad things, like a headline might read: TRANSGENDER WOMAN WAS FOUND BASHED AFTER SHE HAD BEEN ON COCCAINE BINGE, if it was a cis woman it would read: WOMAN WAS FOUND BASHED THIS MORNING. The newspaper really enjoys making us look bad. Nothing has really made me smile about the media yet.
|Behind the party girl really|
I am just an ordinary girl.
I like bright colours, pastels or anything pale. When I wear tops and skirts it must be not too short also just above the knee, and tops light materialed and flowy. Nothing beats my favourite boot cut jeans, slinky top and strappy heals. I can never go wrong with a classic country glamour look.