Monika: Today’s interview will be with Grishno, a video blogger that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Grishno!
Monika: At which stage of the transition are you right now?
That being said, I still think there is a long way to go. I would give almost anything to carry a child the way most other women can, and that’s something that just isn’t possible yet. That’s not to say it’s not close. I have no doubt that within the next 50-100 years we’ll see the first Transgender woman giving birth, or the first transgender man fathering a child.
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of the murder of a local Trans woman.
Add to that a transition from one gender to another and it’s no surprise that this can be one of the hardest time for Trans people. That being said, I don’t know that it has to do so much with school, as it does with how far into a transition someone is.
At the same time I was also going from being a white, cis-gender male, the most privileged group in our society, to a transgender women, one of the least privileged groups. That transition is jarring, especially if one is oblivious to the privilege they have (which I very much was at the time). The one thing I can say is that things get easier with time.
Monika: What is your general view on the present situation of transgender women in your country?
This wouldn’t be possible without the amazing work of activist and advocates who came before us, but it’s also due in large part to the world-shrinking effect of the internet. I didn’t even know that Transgender people existed until I met a Trans woman online.
Now any parents who has a gender non-conforming child can go online and find out exactly what is going on, and figure out ways to handle it. That just didn’t exist when I was growing up.
On top of that, there has been a huge explosion of visibility for Trans people. We are everywhere, and that gives young children who are questioning their gender a new narrative to follow.
|I always seek to challenge myself. Pushing my|
limits is something I do best.
I lead a Gender Diversity Support group at the school, and worked with administrators to install the schools first all-gender restroom. Getting involved and giving back is something that is incredibly important to me. The LGBT (especially the T) community has given so much to me, and I want to pay it forward.
Monika: What would you recommend to transgender women that are afraid of early transition, discrimination and hatred?
It’s so rare to see Trans people, especially Trans women, at the helm of organizations like that, but I think it’s important that our voices are heard at all levels. Beyond that, I hope to one day run for public office here in the California, but would love to take that even further. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be the first Transgender Congress Woman. Dream big I say!