This blog is about women that are my everyday inspirations. I interviewed 372 women that radiate with wisdom, beauty, intelligence and love. The blog is about women that proved to me that there is hope for me and it is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Brae Carnes, a young transgender activist, and vlogger from Canada. Hello Brae! Brae: Hello :)
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Brae: I am 23, and currently a trans rights activist. Specifically opposing the amendments made to bill c279 by a Canadian senator Donald Plett.
Monika: You hit the headlines in February 2015 when the Canadian media covered your social media campaign against bathroom bans for transgender women. Were you satisfied with the way the media covered your campaign?
Brae: I was satisfied because it was coverage, which I was very grateful for. They somewhat simplified my campaign, which is understandable as anything trans* is hard for the public to understand.
Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Karine Solene Espineira, a Chilean-born transgender activist from France, one of the most inspirational and charismatic leaders of the transgender community in France, blogger, the author of "Transidentité: Ordre et panique de genre" (2015), "Médiacultures: la transidentité en télévision" (2015), “La Transyclopédie: Tout Savoir Sur Les Transidentités” (2012) – an encyclopedia of the transgender movement in France (but just not). She is a researcher at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, and a member of the coordination team of the international campaign Stop Trans Pathologization. Hello Karine! Karine: Hello Monika! Je suis enchantée de cette interview et je t’en remercie. C’est un honneur de contribuer à ton blog qui est une source précieuse d’informations sur nos communautés et nos histoires contribuant à la culture de nos groupes mais aussi à la culture commune à tous et toutes. Je dois aussi m’excuser pour mon anglais… Mon espagnol est meilleur et mon français est fantastique! Karine: Hello Monika! I’m very enchanted with this interview. Thank you for it. It is an honor to contribute to your blog, which is a precious source of information about our community. Our stories can contribute to the culture of our groups but also to the “common culture”. I also have to apologize for my English … but my Spanish is better and my French is fantastic!
Monika: It has been over a year since our first interview. You look fantastic! What has changed in your life since then?
Many thanks Monika! It’s nice to keep in touch.
Yes, a lot has certainly happened since our first interview in March 2014 and which occurred at a time of great uncertainty just after my father had died and my mother was in a nursing home.
She actually also then died in early and I then had to decide whether or not to continue with my move back to North Yorkshire.
Ultimately, I did move back in early July having decided to move in to my late parents house and convert it into a B&B as it’s located in a prime tourist area close to the North Yorkshire National Park and the historic city of York as well as being close to my birthplace of Scarborough on the north coast of England.
It’s a very small rural hamlet with only about ten houses and I did wonder what the neighbours would make of me!