|Cover of her debut album "Angel"|
- designed by her.
During 2004, I found myself getting a lot of advice from professional songwriters and producers such as Billy Steinberg (Demi Lovato, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna), Danielle Brisebois (New Radicals, Natasha Beddingfield, Begin Again Soundtrack), and Douglas Carr (Ace of Base, Meja).
A lot of my earlier songs, I had to change certain lyrics because they all came off as songs women would sing and not men, to make sure no one ask me or try to figure me out, but once I came out, I stopped that practice.
The hardest part for me when coming out was if people are going to take my music seriously. Before, if you were a Trans Music Performer, you would have to make an album like Britney Spears, RuPaul orLady Gaga, but I see myself being more like Paul McCartney, Rachael Yamagata, Kylie Minogue or Darren Hayes (Savage Garden). I think today people get surprised when they hear that I play all the instruments on my songs.
|Performing 'In The Autumn Skies'|
at her college campus, Palm Desert, Ca.
I stopped self-medicating when I was 28 due to health issues and financial issues. I resumed HRT, this time with doctors care at 31 and I’m more happy than I had been before. I've been on HRT now for about 5 months and just feel great to become the woman I was born to be.
When I co-created Trans Role Models, she was the first person that came to mind. Most of the Trans Women that I follow I've developed online friendships turned in-person meets such as Clair Farley of TEEI, Erin 'Grishno' Armstrong and a couple others. Someone who was also a role model to me was Sylvia Guerrero, the mother of Gwen Araujo; I consider Sylvia to be a spiritual mother to me.
Some friends of mine took a while to come around, but they all now support me. The greatest thing that happen was attending my high school reunion, and one of the jock guys came up to me and said 'Paulina, I'm very proud of the person you've came out to be, you are one of the most bravest people I know'.
|Loving the new mix of her latest single, California Baby.|
When it comes to true stories, I loved JD Pardo’s performance as Gwen Araujo in A Girl Like Me. But I would love to see Trans Characters appear on TV and Movies that are portrayed in a positive light, and possibly portrayed by Trans Performers.
I'm sort of an unsung leader when it comes to Trans Issues in Higher Education. I wrote a student resolution asking for community colleges to have Gender Identity Equality, and a year after it passed, 22 colleges adopted the resolution to implement on their campus.
|Attending a Student Assembly as a Presenter, San Diego, Ca.|
The only kind of campaigning I did was for Proposition 8 in California, and I did put together a Facebook group for College Students that support AB 1266: School Success And Opportunity Act.
I really think Trans Women and Men can make a difference in politics, I hope to someday run for Senate in California, probably start by running for office in San Francisco.
I have an addiction to Music Shirts, I can be spotted wearing either a Beatles, Sarah Mclachlan, Roxy Music or other band shirts. You can say that I have a hipster-chic kind of look, very San Franciscian.
But I like to think that over time my fashion sense would change, I’m a very eclectic kind of person once you get to know me.
|Being sworn in as Senator at SSCCC Meeting, Sacramento, Ca.|
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