Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Tammy Powers, a transgender activist, the owner of the bike shop in San Francisco. Please redraft the introduction if I missed or twisted something. Hello Tammy!
Monika: Recently you have made headlines with your TRANART project…
Monika: In addition, you are a stand-up comedian ...
I use comedy as therapy. I started doing it when I was homeless in order to force myself to forget about my troubles for a while... It's difficult to be sad when you put yourself in front of an audience and they want you to make them laugh.
It goes without saying I’m looking to hire as many transpeople as possible; we HAVE to look out for each other. Because, believe me when I tell you, ain’t nobody lookin’ out for us. Also, I hope I might inspire other trans people to start their own businesses. Best way to make sure there is a job for you is to build the job yourself.
|In front of the shop.|
While waiting for my prescription I noticed another transwoman walk into clinic, she must’ve been about 6’ 8’’, minimum. She was very, very tall. But she walked in and kept her head held high. It was obvious others were whispering about her, but she didn’t mind them the least.
It was a big lesson to me that day. I still get watery-eyed thinking about how much courage she had, to be so tall and still transform. I told myself if she can do it and keep her composure I can, too. Big lesson.
I can’t imagine anyone else in our current times being so open to dehumanizing treatment by society. Aren’t they just now ending the “Trans panic” defense to murder?! Which was/is a “defense” that declares because of the person that a transperson is, they are allowed to be beaten to death. Wow!
Monika: Do you like fashion? What kind of outfits do you usually wear? Any special fashion designs, colours or trends?
|Tammy on Miss Teen.|