|On the poster for the European Parliament|
Green issues such as the influence of the environment and food safety on public health also need much more attention. On top of that I am also fighting for more rights for the LGBTI and against discrimination. Finally, because I am a specialist in reproductive medicine, all bioethical issues regarding gamete donation and surrogacy, oocyte freezing, uterus transplantation and artificial gametes are of great interest to me.
Also, having travelled an often painful personal journey makes you strong and gives you the abilities to be smart and strategic in obtaining your goals. It simply gives you a lot of perseverance. Finally, transgender women understand as no one else the sensitivities of both genders and can therefore be good diplomats and hence politicians.
Monika: The transgender cause is usually manifested together with the other LGBT communities. Being the last letter in this abbreviation, is the transgender community able to promote its own cause within the LGBT group?
Also, Harvey Milk was assassinated in the end, I hope we would not have to see that happen in Belgium in 2014… on the other hand, we are still far from where we would like to be. For instance, we are still under a law forcing sterilization before legal gender change, but we are working on this…
|Swearing-in in the Belgian Senate.|
|During a LGBT pride.|
Before transpeople were always shown as freaks, as abnormal or at least as curiosities. This is now changing. But what happens on television or in the media, does not translate in the streets yet…