Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Kirsty Jayne Crow, an aviation consultant, teacher and author of the memoir “Three Weddings and a Sex Change” (2016). Hello Kirsty!
|The book available via Amazon.|
I myself have been knocked back from several teaching jobs because I am transgendered. An editorial in the Bangkok Post in 2013 pointed out that there are very few transsexuals to be found “as high-ranking officials, doctors, lawyers, scientists, or teachers in state-run schools and colleges nor as executives in the corporate world.
Now it was no longer a dressing up game and I was going to have to do it for real, all day, every day. I had commenced feminizing hormones the previous autumn and they had had a positive effect, both reducing my body hair and giving me a slight bust. I had also had my ears pierced and begun electrolysis, but I was a long way off feeling comfortable as a 24/7 woman.
|Kirsty in 2000.|
|1980's night in Manchester, July 2010.|
Monika: What was the hardest thing about your coming out?
|At school in 2016.|
I had reservations about the choice of actor who being cisgendered initially came across as less than convincing. But there is no doubt that Julie grew into the role and was able to address many of the issues faced by our community with grace and dignity. The character got people talking and did much to highlight and enhance our cause.
|1st year in Thailand 2011.|