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Where are you from and where are you living now? Originally I am from Russia and I live in Saint-Petersburg. What is your heritage? I am a hot mix, one quarter Spanish (my grandma is from Spain) and 3 quarters Russian
Tell us about the town/city you grew up in, how did it influence who you are today? My city is SaintPetersburg, the culture capital of Russia. It has another name ‘North Venice’, because Peter I, founder of the city wanted to build a second Venice. What are some of the special tradi-tions or cultural values of Russia?
Saint Petersburg is the most open mind and European city in Russia, the historical window to Europe. The most interesting traditions in SaintPetersburg are drawbridges during White Nights in summer. Multi-ton construc-tion slowly rises and opens the way for ships. It’s an exciting view. What does it mean to be transgender in Russia? lo have to constantly hide who you are. Russians mostly don’t accept transgen-der people.
What is your favorite travel destination? I like very much Los Angeles and Milan (Italy), also I like Riga (Latvia) – very qui-et small city.
Where are you from and where are you living now? I was born and raised in Finland, and still living there.
What is your heritage? My both parents are Finns, so my roots are fully Finn.
Tell us about the town/city you grew up in, how did it influence who you are today? I was raised in capital area. I ne population is roughly 1 million now; in global standards it’s not quite a big city where I grewup. There wasn’t room to be different, and in my case it meant being bullied. It taught me to survive, but at the same time isolated me from others. There’s a shy and somewhat skeptical person inside me, even though I’m social and like to do bold things. It has also taught me emphatic and caring for others. What are some of the special traditions or cultural values of Finland? I think Finns don’t have any special tra-ditions. It’s a lot like any Western culture. Unique things we have are sauna, which can be found from almost every house, and mammi. The latter one is something totally disgusting, but many Finns love it. What does it mean to be transgender in Finland? Generally not many transgender people want to be in public, so I’m one of those few who is publicly transgender. In bigger cities it doesn’t necessarily cause any issues, but in the countryside it may be a different thing. I think for Finns trans issues are still a some-what unknown subject; general pub-lic really doesn’t have an idea what it
means. Also legislation is behind com-pared to other European countries, like the UK. If one want to be officially a female you have to be sterile (done by medication). No person under 18 years can get diagnosis or HRT. And getting a diagnosis can take over a year. For young people it’s definitely a hard sit-uation. There’s still room for improve-ments. What is your favorite travel destination? I haven’t traveled a lot, but London is my favorite so far. I like to visit more cities than beach destinations. Or then visiting historical places and learning about the past. What are some of your favorite hangouts, both in your hometown and when traveling? This is a tough one. I’ve become too old and my partying days are in the past. Besides, in Finland, there are really no places to hangout. Here probably my own or a friend’s place. If traveling the main thing I want to do is to get to know the local culture and people. I like to get new experiences and learn new stuff.
Where are you from and where are you living now? I was born in Schwandorf, a small town in Bavaria, near Munich. I’m moving soon to Vienna, Austria where my boyfriend is from.
Tell us about the town/city you grew up in, how did it influence who you are today? In my hometown, the people are very traditional and not as open minded as people in bigger German cities like Berlin or Munich.
What is your favorite travel destination? My favorite German city is Berlin, its very big, very crazy, very loud. I had amazing nights there. You have a lot of good clubs and locations where you can have a good time. The people there are very tolerant…nobody cares how you look or what your gender is.
In my free time I love to travel, see different places and enjoy my life. I go out a lot together with my friends and dance the whole night. But when I need
that because I can’t imagine what I would do without them. The fact that they accept me and love me as I am is very important, because your family will be always a part of you. You can choose or change your friends or the people around you, but not your family.
Read the second part of this interview on www.transformationonline.com What does it mean to be transgender in Germany? It was very hard for me to grow up here, because most people didn’t understand or support my change in the beginning, but that changed in the last few years, so I’m really happy now with everything.
a break I come back to my parents’ home and enjoy the silence of the small city I’m from. I’ve worked in the adult industry since I was 18 years old; I love my job and never wanted to do something else. I’m very proud so far of all the work I have done and where I am now. My parents support me with everything I do, I’m very thankful for
Where are you from and where are you living now? I am originally from North Carolina but I have lived in many places. Right now I am in Houston, Texas, but by the time this issue comes out I will have moved to Los Angeles, California. What is your heritage? My heritage has roots in Irish, German, and British culture. Irish and British on my mother’s side and German on my father’s side.
Tell us about the town/city you grew up in, how did it influence who you are today? I was born and raised in Cameron, North Carolina, where I had two neighbors and was surrounded by pine tree forests. Looking back, it’s very clear who I became was blossoming even then. One of the neighbors had two granddaughters who were around my age and I would play around the woods a lot with them. We would play “House” where I was the mother, or we would play with dolls. This was my childhood, as opposed to most typi-cal young boys who would be playing sports or horseplaying.
Read the second part of this interview on www.transformationonline.com What are some of the special tradi-tions or cultural values of the US? Americans celebrate diversity; our cul-ture is a melting-pot of a lot of different people from various ethnicities. What does it mean to be transgen-der in the US? In the United States, being Transgen-der is currently a very touchy social issue. Even with the enlightenment of transgenderism via the media and ce-lebrities, we still face many legal, med-ical, and social woes. Some states are very progressive but for the majority of the states that make up America, the main attitude about transgenderism is negative. I do have to make clear that being Transgender in America IS a fortunate thing, as opposed to many countries around the world. With the advances in modern medicine, tech-nology, and the progressive nature of American ideals, one could live happily and transition. What is your favorite travel destination? My favorite travel destination is Los Angeles! I make sure to visit at least once every year, especially for the Transgen-der Erotica Awards. What are some of your favorite hangouts, both in your hometown and when traveling? Here in Houston, I very much enjoy going out to the clubs and bars. Some places I go to are Cecil’s Pub, Numbers Night Club, and Rudyards, which are all located in the Montrose District of Houston. When I travel, I enjoy going anywhere where there are friendly peo-ple. When I visit Los Angeles, I always make a point to be a beach bum, drive and see the countryside, and of course got to the clubs like Cobra, Hamburger Mary’s, The Oxwood Inn, The Federal, and any others that are fun!
Where are you from and where are you living now? I’m from France and I’m currently living in the french Caribbean (Martinique). What is your heritage? I was born and I grew up in Lille (France)
Tell us about the town/city you grew up in, how did it influence who you are today? I’m from a small poor town in the suburbs of Lille; I still remember seeing from my window every week cars burning they also set on fire the trash bins in the buildings lots of violence and drugs. My family was very strict so violence was not part of our lives at home, only outside. I would say I ve in my b fl life is my family. My brother still lives there and it always feels very weird to me every time I go back there seeing the same people who were there when I used to live there. I value my life even more today, I feel blessed and no matter what I will never forget where I come from. What are some of the special traditions or cultural values of Lille? Lille was the European Capital of Culture in 2004 and is a haven for art, from the Fine Arts Museum to the Opera, from ballets to concerts, culture is part and parcel of everyday life.
All year round people are delighted by a unique mixture of Flemish traditions and French art de vivre. Thanks to this singularity, Lille offers visitors a delightful blend of Flemish joviality and French elegance.
Where are you from and where are you living now? I am from Brazil but currently living in Dublin, Ireland. What is your heritage? Even I don’t look like it because I’ve lived so many years in Europe my parents are from an Indian Village near the sea in Natal (the capital city of Rio Grande de Norte).
Tell us about the town/city you grew up in, how did it influence who you are today? I grew up in a very poor area in my city, like a real Favela (slum). My mother put me in charge of keeping company with my grandmother. I would say this influenced me into becoming a very honest person, and if I can help someone I will always do without looking for anything in return. What are some of the special traditions or cultural values of Brazil? There are quite a lot I would say, the folklore is one, the traditional dances, carnival etc. People in Brazil like to dance and shake their ass like me. (Lol) What, if any, are the cultural beauty rituals/secrets of Brazil? I love looking after my skin; it is something real important for me. I love to have that glow about me. What does it mean to be transgender in Brazil? Being transgender for me means I can live as my real person, my true self. I was not born in the right body but the fact that I can change my anatomy makes me think all the effort I have done is well worth it. If I was born again in the next life I want to be transgender again and I really mean it. What is your favorite travel destination? Even though I don’t like the people I like Dubai. London and Paris are my platonic lovers but the best destination is Amsterdam for sure. What are some of your favorite hangouts, both in your hometown and when traveling? When I’m traveling I like to hang out in London and Amsterdam. In both places people are really open and friendly. Where I live I don’t really hang out; Dublin is a quiet place, nice to live here but not to hang out.