Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Brittney Kade, a young video blogger that documents her life transition on YouTube. Hello Brittney!
Brittney: Hello Monika, thank you for having me!
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Brittney: Well, my name is Brittney Kade, I am sixteen and transgender. I started my transition when I was fourteen, and have been on hormones for over a year now.
Monika: I like your YouTube videos, especially your make-up and nails …
Brittney: Thank you so much, I really do put a lot of effort into my videos, as well as my appearance and I love being able to share not only my transition but also my beauty tips and secrets with the world.
Monika: What kind of outfits do you usually wear? Any special fashion designs, colours or trends?
Brittney: You would usually see me in a dress, usually something tight where I could show off my figure (that the hormones have blessed me with). My style is very gaudy, luxurious, seductive, captivating to say the least.
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Brittney: Growing up there were no trans women that I had to really look up too, aside from the trans women that I had discovered on YouTube at that time.
Now almost five years later, I really wanted to be someone that I wish I could have had to look up to (at the time) when I seriously began to question my identity as well as the early beginning of my transition.
Monika: You answer many questions on YouTube. What has been the strangest question that you have ever answered?
Brittney: Hmmm, good question! Well there are tons of strange questions that I don’t bother answering because they aren’t very appropriate, however the strangest one that I have answered was the question where someone asked if I would ever “date a black guy”, and I found it strange because I don’t ever judge a guy based on their appearance, it’s what is on the inside that truly matters to me.
Monika: At what age did you transition into woman yourself? Was it a difficult process?
Brittney: I started my transition at fourteen and it was mainly mostly difficult in the beginning. The family that I surrounded myself with was very supportive (which I am very grateful for), however the difficult part was dealing with insurance, finding a therapist, and finding a doctor so I could officially start my transition, all of which I had to do completely on my own to prove to my mother that this was something I was truly passionate about.
Monika: Do you have any transgender role models that you follow?
Brittney: Of course, I love Caitlyn Jenner, Lavern Cox, Carmen Carrera, Gigi, and Angela Vanity. I think you can learn very important things as well as take inspiration from each one of these women.
Monika: Which aspects of your experience could be used by other transgender girls planning their transitions?
Brittney: Good question, well it depends on the person since everyone experiences different situations when it comes to their transition. That’s one of the main reasons why I put almost every aspect of my transition out in the open, that way no matter what the situation is, there would hopefully be someone that could relate.
I still feel like we have a long way to go but at least we have already been recognized to start the journey towards equality.
Monika: Do you participate in any lobbying campaigns? Do you think transgender women can make a difference in politics?
Monika: Are you working on any new projects now?
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All the photos: courtesy of Brittney Kade.