Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Melissa Sklarz with whom I would like to discuss the role of transgender women in the US politics, culture and society. Melissa is a transgender advocate and activist, delegate to the Democratic National Convention in New York, presiding over Stonewall Democratic Club. Hello Melissa!
Monika: How do you perceive the attitude of the administration of President Obama towards transgender Americans?
|Happy to have marched with so many amazing|
people in the St. Pat's for All Parade.
That is now three national conventions in a row I have been selected in New York. There has never been a trans person involved with the Republican Party that has been taken seriously by them. Although they claim to be the party of individual freedom, I guess it does not apply to gender expression.
Monika: Is there anyone in the US transgender society whose actions could be compared to what Harvey Milk was doing in the 60s and 70s for the gay activism?
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Renee Richards showed me that transition may not be done starting at 14 or 15 and that there were hurdles to overcome. I was very moved by her and was able to relate.
I got enough lines to get an application for the Screen Actors Guild, but I did not join and I did not quit my day job. The movie had trans people telling a trans story by a serious, sincere production. I relate today better today to "Orange is the New Black" as a trans story. I am happy to have been involved with "Transamerica".
Monika: Many transgender ladies write their memoirs. Have you ever thought about writing such a book yourself?