Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Terri Jay, an American beauty pageant queen, model, and transgender activist. Hello Terri!
I am very proud to share that I have a fabulous rewarding career as a Certified Addictions Specialist, working in the area of Non-Profit Organization at APAIT (Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team) Health-Center, located in Los Angeles, California and working with TransWomen of color community who suffer from surrounding Addictions and Homelessness.
|Awarded "Connie Norman Advocacy"|
from APAIT's Quest Pageant December 2012.
Monika: Do you remember your first beauty pageant?
As I met all the TransWomen pageant contestants, I became more comfortable with them during our three day event. I certainly put all my energy and focus on interviewing with judges, practicing dance routines, and practicing stage presentations. When the actual Quest Pageant began, I wasn’t nervous; I had a great time, and was comfortable with the stage presence. My very first Quest Pageant was an overall success; a fun and memorable experience of a lifetime.
|Quick selfie with the CROWN March 21, 2015.|
Being a TransWoman comes not only with beauty, but with knowledge in different levels of dignity, pride, respect, confidence, independence, education, and compassion for all.
|Contestant at the APAIT's Quest Pageant December 2012.|
However, unlike the first three letters, the T represents a community that was more recently founded, and brought upon to the eyes of society. The first three letters in LGBT focuses on sexual orientation, while the T in LGBT focuses on a gender identity. All differences aside, I can say that the LGBT community is working extremely hard to support each other 100%.
|Crowned Title Winner for the 'MISS|
CALIFORNIA ANILU GODDESS 2015",
held in San Jose, Ca. March 21, 2015.
All the photos: Courtesy of Terri Jay.