Favorite musicians or bands?
I am obsessed and love me some Beyoncé, but hey, nobody can ever replace Whitney in my heart. I grew up listening to the divas ... Whitney, Celine, Mariah, and all the oldies but the goodies. All her songs are just so inspiring and of course I'd belt out some notes from time to time. No problem :)
Favorite movie ever?
I've always loved the story of A Walk to Remember with Mandy Moore and Shane West. Everyone knows that I'm a hopeless romantic and this movie is simply about forever and never ending love. I believe in love and I think that everyone deserves to be loved. One of my favorite quotes is from the movie Moulin Rouge. The main character says, "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."
Favorite TV show ever?
Transcendent. Duh! Hahahaha! Well, I don't really have a favorite but I love me some comedy. I love to laugh and I think it's the best medicine. I also love to cry and I think it is important for everyone. It's like a cleanse for your soul.
Favorite social media apps?
I really am super bad with social media but I think Instagram would be my favorite! I'm kind of technically challenged in some ways that's why I like Instagram. Straight to the point and it's easy! Plus who doesn't love taking selfies?!
If we looked at your search history, what's the latest thing we'd find?
I really had to look that up and it was a recipe for making Filipino style spaghetti! It has that extra sweetness to it as opposed to the regular kind. Also, it has hot dogs, ham and all that good shizzle topped with tons of cheese! Yumzoooo!!!
Describe the other ladies of Transcendent in two words.
In the past year or so the transgender movement has seen a huge increase in awareness and support. What things have you noticed in your daily life that have changed/gotten better?
It's been such an amazing time being able to experience the moment NOW. I love that other people in the trans community have been so brave and have become more confident in being able to come out and not be afraid to be visible. There is no more point in hiding. It is time for everyone to know that we exist and that's the bottom line. We are all human. It's not just about LGBTQ whatever rights, it's human rights and I love that more and more people have the strength, to just not think about what society might have to say, but instead just be themselves and become who they are.
What are challenges you still experience in your daily life as a transgender woman? Any stories you wish to share?
It's really just the fact that people are not as aware. People don't know whether or not to refer to us as he or she. Also just being identified as gay. We are women and that's it.
Also, it's inevitable that people would be like "Is that a dude?!" I mean, come on ... we are smarter than that and so what?! These comments just go in one ear and out the other. Also, I just always make sure to come from a very educational perspective and not come off as aggressive because I want to move forward and let everyone know that I am who I am.
Have you ever had a confrontational/negative experiences with someone unfamiliar with the
transgender community and movement that you were able to turn into a more
positive, teachable moment?
Definitely, just by meeting people. I am one who would never deny who I am and I am not ashamed to let anybody know that I am a trans woman ... a PROUD trans woman, that is. It's more just like letting them understand the facts and just listening and understanding them. It has to be a two-way street. We cannot just rely on them understanding us. We also have to take into consideration what they stand for and what they believe in. You can't change and please everyone but for the most part, I feel like I have enlightened a few and this I think is a step towards the right direction. Baby steps for the baby of the group :)
What do you hope a show like Transcendent accomplishes?
I really just hope that all of our stories would be able to inspire and be able to change lives. I don't care if it is in the smallest of ways, I think that change is healthy especially if it moves towards the positive.
Transcendent is just a show that showcases the lives of five different trans women and my favorite thing about it is that it is REAL! Or should I say “REAL-late able” since I know for a fact that people are able to relate to a lot of us. Maybe the negative or the positive but at the end of the day I think Transcendent is a show that is able to touch everyone's lives.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about transgender people?
I just hate being stereotyped. I think people overlook it just because we are trans and we are treated differently once they find out we are transgender. We are all the same. We are one. What others can do, we can do. And who knows, maybe we can do it better? Haha!
What advice would you give to your childhood or teenage self?
Easy, just live life. And I've said this a million times already: My parents taught me to just live life to the fullest and do what makes me happy. As long as you're not stepping on other people, DO IT! And look at me now: I'm seriously the happiest I've ever been. It literally just comes down to being true to yourself and to others. Happiness starts within.
What are your goals, aspirations and dreams for the future?
I really hope to be able to inspire and spread love and happiness to everyone. I think if we just are able to accept everyone for who they are, the world would be an even more beautiful place.
I'd also love to be able to meet and maybe partner up with people in the community to be able to make a difference. I don't know how yet but I believe that everything will be a-okay in the future.
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