Monika: Today’s interview will be with Michelle Raine, a Canadian video blogger that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Michelle!
Michelle: Hello Monika, I think what you are doing with these interviews is very inspiring and a fantastic idea for bridging the gaps between all of our personal stories.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Michelle: I am an actress working on my bachelor of arts degree with a major in theatre, in Nova Scotia Canada. I also happen to be a transgender woman who is pretty early in her transition. I have been documenting moments in my transition on my YouTube channel.
Monika: Why did you decide to share your transition details on YouTube?
Michelle: Well, honestly, my initial decision was simply because I am selfish. I am busy with my degree, shows, approaching a Summer with three productions that I am producing and more...
So I have not really been an active member in the transgender community. This was a way for me to communicate with other transgender folks, reach out for support and give moral support to those who need it.
|Michelle and her Mom.|
Where most of the YouTubers seem to be in competition with each other I think the transgender YouTubers are among the most supportive if up and coming newbies.
Monika: I am sure you get many questions from your YouTube fans. What do they ask for?
Michelle: Many people ask me how I knew I was transgender, how to get hormones, or other important questions that many transgender folk who are just coming out NEED to know. There is a severe lack of resources and information available to the public, something that I hope will change change.
Monika: Do you write scenarios for your videos or you just improvise?
|Five Petal Rose Festival in Czesky Krumlov.|
I was the Vice Chairperson of a PRIDE committee a few years before I began my transition. Having to do activism with so much push-back on every angle was exhausting and I really respect those who can muscle through all of the nonsense that is thrown their way.
Now I have slowly realized that I don't care much for shimorts and I only wear dresses on occasions. I'm a very jeans and t-shirt kind of girl and I'm okay with a pair of jean shorts and a bikini top in the summer. In Canada I think I would be called a "country girl" though I do live in a city... ha
|Strawberry Fairytale in Prague.|
But it is true. If I wasn't working towards my degree, or the next performance, or the next script I write, or the next place I want to travel to, etc., then I don't think I could maintain my happiness throughout the past year and a half.