Monika: Today’s interview will be with Jade Porchett, a video blogger and pageant queen that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Jade!
Monika: Why did you decide to share your transition details on YouTube?
Jade: Being a motivation and inspiration to others is very important to me! I felt by documenting my transition, that it would not only help out those individuals struggling with coming to terms with themselves, but it would also better educate those that aren’t familiar with transsexuals, their struggles, and their complete stories! I knew by doing so that I would be able to touch and inspire someone!
I sought out gender therapy in February of 2013 and visited a doctor and started hormone replacement therapy in April of 2013! I have now been on HRT for a little over 9 months! I haven’t had any surgeries yet but boy I do look forward to it! Lol
When I was around 3 years of age I knew I was different than my brothers and the other males around me. All of my interests seemed to be female related. I wanted to play with my Barbies, easy bake oven, and put on makeup while my brother was rough housing in the yard and playing football. Of course I was too young to know what was going on with me at that time.
There was a time during my grammar school years that I identified as a girl. My giving name is Tim, but everyone in my neighborhood thought my name was Kim!! My hair was grown out to my shoulders, I wore girl tights, and girl ked shoes! I would play with my ribbon dancer in the front yard and do flips as if I was on the women’s US gymnastics team! All of my friends were female as well! SO, I have ALWAYS known I was different, but I didn’t know what transgender meant until I got older!
|With her drag husband at an event at L&G.|
In my middle school years I also made up an excuse and went to a Doctor and told him I had lower back problems so I would receive a Doctor’s note to get out of gym class so I wouldn’t have to embarrass myself in front of my piers with my prissy ways.
I became more comfortable with myself during my high school years and even was the first “male” cheerleader of my high school and featured in American Cheerleader Magazine! High School wasn’t as bad I would say but there were still some issues.
Where our relationship is when I am further along in transition is to be determined. It was so difficult because he has been with me through so many of the toughest times of my life including: my grandmother’s death, a four month long bed ridden depression, my mother’s murder, me coming out as transgender, etc. so my best friend isn’t somebody that I wanted to loose. In fact, it was the time I needed him the most.
|With her child Alex.|
That shows that there is still a lot of educating that needs to be done. Above all else, putting gender aside, we are HUMAN BEINGS and that is how we deserve to be treated and viewed as! Fact is majority of society is close minded. If we can remain strong and stick together then we can change the minds of the world! Maybe not EVERYBODY, but SOMEBODY!
Not only are they coming out because of exposure, but I have had quite a few trans women and men come out to me since I began transition! So every trans person is a role model to another going through the struggle whether they know it or not! As long as we have proud trans people in the community that are public, we will have more and more of them accepting themselves , coming out, and living happier lives!!
|That Lady in Red!|
They also give us an outlet for self expression! Especially for pre op girls! It is becoming more accepting for the post op girls to participate in “real” beauty pageants these days, but let me say, I think the transgender and drag beauty pageants take ALOTTT more work! Lol
I personally do not recommend self medicating, although I know sometimes it is needed out of desperation, and illegal silicone injections. Both are very dangerous and it is important to have your estrogen and testosterone levels monitored by a licensed professional! Seek out therapy! Make sure you are making the right decision!
My recommendation on being afraid of discrimination and hatred is that it simply can’t be avoided. You just have to be strong and know that you will not live up to your true potential in life unless you take the next step and be the TRUE you! Don’t rush it and make sure you have a good support system. If you don’t have anyone personally, there is usually a support group for transgender people at he local LGBT Community Center! Love yourself first, then allow others to love you!!
Monika: What is your next step in the present time and where do you see yourself within the next 5-7 years?
I modeled in my previous life and would like to get back into that as well if I’m not too old after transition! lol Hopefully in the next 5-7 years I will have completed my transition, at least reached half of my goals, and live a normal life as a woman with a normal career and be madly in love with someone that completely accepts me for me!! That would be my ideal!