Saturday, 24 August 2013

Interview with Ivory Oasis

Monika: Today’s interview will be with Ivory Oasis (Dani Landers), a young video blogger that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Ivory!
Ivory: Hi there! :)
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Ivory: Basically I’m an artist / game developer living in LA. My life pretty much revolves around that, and of course in my extra time I try to move ahead with transitioning. Feel free to check out my current project “Bloom: Memories” (
Monika: Why did you decide to share your transition details on YouTube?
Ivory: When I was first exploring the possibility of transitioning I remember finding transition videos of other people. Just being able to see the effects of hormones or surgeries and other transition experiences helped me get a much better idea of what was possible for myself. Without those videos it would have been a much scarier proposition to begin transitioning. So, I’m just doing my part to help those who are now facing the same challenges I was.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Interview with Lynda Oudenhoven

Monika: Today’s interview will be with Lynda Oudenhoven, a video blogger that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Lynda!
Lynda: Hi Monika and thank you for inviting me to be part of your interview series, it's a pleasure to meet you.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Lynda: Sure, I'm a 51 year old Denver Police Fleet Mechanic. I have another 3 years, 9 months until I retire, after 27 years service, and pursue other employment interests. I have a beautiful 29 year old daughter and I live with my two dogs and one cat near the foothills of Denver Colorado.
Monika: Why did you decide to share your transition details on YouTube?
Lynda: Probably for a couple of reasons. I wanted to have something for my daughter to remember this time. Something she can look at long after I'm gone. I also wanted to share with other women in the community, that might be contemplating transitioning/surgery, so as to provide some comfort for them. If I can overcome my fears/anxieties... anybody can.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Maria Roman: From Starlet to Star (01)

Monika: “The Most Beautiful Transgender Contest” in Las Vegas Nevada in 2005 was your first beauty contest. Were you excited about your participation?
Maria: I must say I was terrified, it was the first time I would open myself to be judge on a stage along other trans women whom I felt were beautiful in a way I wasn’t.. at 6 foot 2 and 250 pounds I felt I was in a disadvantage... but I was determined to represent women who did not fit what many believe is beautiful petite and thin. So I embarked in an amazing journey. However, my real motives to participate in the pageant was idea of promoting my program and the work I was doing in the documentary, that would eventually be called TRANTASIA… never did I imagine how this decision would affect the rest of my life… I must say “The Most Beautiful Transexual Contest” was the beginning to so many blessings and in a way It allowed to to leave a piece of me imprinted in film even after I am gone… and that is AMAZING…

Monday, 19 August 2013

Interview with Susan Jane Bigelow

Monika: Today’s interview will be with Susan Jane Bigelow, an American transgender writer, author of "Ramona’s Demons", featured in Topside Press‘s “The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard”. Hello Susan!
Susan: Hello, Monika! Thank you for having me.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Susan: Sure. I’m a librarian, a political columnist and a writer. I live with my wife in the north-eastern United States. I’m the author of the Extrahumans series, the Grayline Sisters series, and you can find my writing in QUEERS DIG TIME LORDS as well as the Topside Press COLLECTION.
Monika: How did you start writing?
Susan: I’ve always been a writer, even when I was little. I would make up stories, and my mother would encourage me to write them down. I can’t imagine me without writing at this point.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Interview with Carol Mapley

Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Carol Mapley, a Scottish nationalist, LGBT activist and former policewoman. Hello Carol!
Carol: Hi Monika! It's lovely to speak to you.
Monika: Could you say a few words about your career so far?
Carol: I’ve had two distinct career strands to date – the police and mental health. I work within the Police Service of Scotland where I help formulate national policy and service delivery in relation to transgendered officers and staff as well as the transgendered people that we the police come into contact with every day in Scotland.
I play an active role in delivering mental health, and trans awareness training at our national police college in Fife.
I also serve as a director of a major Scottish mental health charity – Vox Scotland. Vox is a charity that represents the views of mental health service users in the planning and provision of mental health services within Scotland.

Songs of Allison Lenore Annalora (10)

Monika: "Out Here On My Own" is a song from the musical “Fame” (1980) performed by Irene Cara with the music by Michael Gore and lyrics by Lesley Gore, the winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Song. I guess it is a very difficult song from the professional point of view?
Allison: Well no, not really difficult. When you sing professionally, you learn what songs suits your voice, vocal style and what doesn't. That being said, I love the song, so I learned it quickly....
Monika: What is your favourite line in the song?
Allison: "We're always proving who we are...."

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