Saturday, 21 December 2013

Interview with Kayhar

Monika: Today’s interview will be with Kayhar, a talented and inspirational singer, that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Kayhar!
Kayhar: Hi Monika! Thank you for inviting me.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Kayhar: Sure thing. My name is KAYHAR, I’m an Artist and Trans Activist.
Monika: Why did you decide to share your transition details on YouTube?
Kayhar: I always wanted to make one of my own, but I wanted mine to be memorable. I also wanted an opportunity to introduce myself as a singer. Eventually, I came up with the idea to combine both in 1 video.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Interview with Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad

Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad, a physician, sexologist and professor of sexology, known as one of Norway's most prominent transpeople. Hello Esther!
Esben Esther: Hello Monica and thanks for including me in your row of interviews! 
Monika: You are the author of several textbooks about transgenderism, including “Kjønn i bevegelse” (2001), Transseksualisme - hvor går vi og hvor står vi? (2002) and Transekjønn og diagnoser (2004), and Sexologi I Praksis (2006). Is it difficult to study and write about phenomenon which you face yourself in your life?
Esben Esther: An era of therapeutic thinking emphasized the neutrality of the therapist, one should not “over-identify” with the clients. In the wake of this thinking one came to consider it wrong for homosexually talented people to offer therapy to other homosexuals, and certainly also for the transgifted to offer therapy to their kinds.
There was never, however, a ban on heterosexuals offering therapy to the heterosexually talented. This view is gradually changing, and that change have given me extra support in acknowledging my personal experience as part of my professionality. “The personal IS the professional”.

Interview with Gina Leigh Duncan

Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Gina Leigh Duncan, a successful businesswoman, transgender advocate and activist, President of Orlando's Gay Chamber of Commerce, a former candidate for Commissioner of Orange County, Florida, a senior manager at Wells Fargo, an American multinational banking and financial services company, and currently on the Board of Directors of Equality Florida. Hello Gina!
Gina: Hello, Monika, so nice to talk to you.
Monika: You are very active in politics. Do you think transgender women can make a difference in politics?
Gina: I do. While I think it critically important that we know the issues, have solutions, can be great communicators to motivate our constituents, we also bring an inherent acceptance of being transgender by gaining someone’s vote. We have an extra layer of objection to overcome. We might align with a voter in every area, yet they do not understand transgender people. I felt I just had to work that much harder and be that much sharper on the issues. Once in office, that thinking would continue with me. Work harder, be sharper, never let being transgender be an issue. Let it be an asset. I would want to use my office as a platform to educate people on what it means to be transgender.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Songs of Allison Lenore Annalora (13)

Monika: "Johnny Angel" is a 1962 song written by Lyn Duddy and Lee Pockriss, performed by Shelley Fabares on her debut solo album titled “Shelley!”. I love the way Shelley used to sing it. Is your interpretation close to Shelley’s original?
Allison: Almost exactly! It was my first "favorite song" when I was in the second grade!!! I couldn't wait to see "The Donna Reed Show" and hope that she would sing it!
Monika: What is your favorite line in the song?
Allison: "How I tingle when he passes by..."

Interview with Jennifer Leitham

Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Jennifer Leitham, an American musician and double bass player, an inspirational and talented woman, subject of an award winning documentary "I Stand Corrected"(2012), known for her 2006 album “The Real Me”. Hello Jennifer!
Jennifer: Hi Monika, Thank you for asking me to do this interview. I hope that my English will translate in an accurate manner, it can be an inaccurate language.
Monika: How did you start your musical career?
Jennifer: I didn’t have any musicians in my family, but I always was curious about music when I was growing up. The Beatles were probably my first musical influence. I was also intrigued by the music of Vince Guaraldi from the Peanuts holiday cartoons.
My first formal introduction to music came in high school, when I joined the chorus. It revealed an aptitude for music and also was a great lesson in ear training. I sang some solos with the Chorale and that brought the attention of some of the rock musicians in my school.
I had always fooled around on a little toy guitar, playing along with my records, mostly melodies and bass lines. That ability translated to electric bass combined with my incredibly high singing voice made me a valuable band member.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Interview with Janice Covington

Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Janice Covington with whom I would like to discuss the role of transgender women in the US politics. Janice is a LGBTQ advocate and activist, she is also the first transgender woman to have been elected from North Carolina to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Hello Janice!
Janice: Hello Monika!
Monika: Could you say a few words about your career so far?
Janice: I have always loved working with my hands and I have owned my own successful business since 1983 as a building contractor, mostly doing historical and residential renovations.

Interview with Maria Haaning

Monika: Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Maria Rose Löwe Haaning, a Danish young lady setting an example for young transgender women all over the world. Hello Maria!
Maria: Hi Monika!
Monika: Could you say a few words about your career so far?
Maria: Well, I am still very young so my career is still in progress, but so far I have done numerous TV appearances on Danish television. I am giving lectures across the country about my personal transition story and I have published my own autobiography titled 'Ham og Mig' which in English translates into 'Him and I'. The book tells the story of how I became the youngest Danish person to ever go through a complete MTF transition.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Interview with Rachel Pollack

Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Rachel Pollack, an American science fiction author, comic book writer and Tarot grand master. Hello Rachel!
Rachel: Hi, Monika! Thanks for doing this.
Monika: In most people's minds, "Tarot card reading" means a woman in flowing robes, leaning over a small table in a candlelit room, foretelling impending doom. How far is it from reality?
Rachel: There are always people who do this sort of theatrical style, and always some who want to scare their clients. But most modern readers are serious about interpreting the cards to benefit people. Much of modern reading is psychological, about character as much as events. And there is a strong spiritual component.

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