Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Shawna Virago, an American singer/songwriter, writer, and Artistic Director of the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival. Hello Shawna!
Monika: Your music video Transsexual Dominatrix was screened at many festivals and was named an Official Selection of the 26th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and was awarded Best Music Video at New York’s CineKink Festival. What inspired you to show yourself as a dominatrix?
San Francisco in the early 1990’s was a very wide open place, with lots of artistic activity in the Dyke world and I was invited to play a lot of these shows. Sometimes it was challenging, and I experienced transphobia but it was also a great place to express my gender in non-conventional ways.
Monika: Are you active in politics? Do you participate in any lobbying campaigns? Do you think transgender women can make a difference in politics?
Main photo credits to Lydia Daniller.