7 Questions – Sabrina

Our next submission for the 7Qs project comes from Italy!

Sabrina’s blog Thoughts on Freedom can be found here.  I’m sure it’s excellent reading, if you know Italian.  Luckily for us, Sabrina was kind enough to also offer a version of her post in English.


Wandering’ the internet I have landed on the blog We happy Trans where I have read about this set of questions. I am a rather shy person, but I’ve found interesting to put me under test and give my answers…

1) What’s your name? Chosen or otherwise

Sabrina. Obviously it is a chosen name. I like it very much, since it sounds to me the right one to indicate a pretty, cheerful, fond of poetry and fantasy, romantic person. That’s what I feel about my personality.

2) Who has been most supportive of your transition? If you haven’t started transition, who’s been most supportive of your gender expression, questioning or explorations?

Sadly, I have experienced (and still experiencing) great difficulties on this. Anyway, the person that is supporting me the best is my fiancé. She is also the one of the two persons I care the most in my life.

3) What do most enjoy about your life since beginning transition? That is, what are some of the things you love doing now, that you couldn’t do before? And if you’re not there yet, what about the possibility of transition excites you the most? What do you look forward to?

Even if my horizon is not yet clear – I see it still hidden by dark clouds – now I can really live mylife. The one I had before was not my life. And even if I have still a lot to do and to learn, now I can be comfortable with myself. This has a huge value for me. I could never go back.

4) Who are your trans role models? or Who have you looked up to in the trans community? Who inspires you? Whether it’s someone you know, or someone you’ve admired from afar, this is your chance to give a shout out.

I had (and still have) a female role model, actress Jodie Foster. But there are also a few people I followed through the Internet that definitely have had a remarkable influence on my life path. Becky Allison and Lynn Conway, to cite the ones I think as most important.  Kate Bornstein. A special mention goes to Wendy Carlos.

5) What change(s) would you most like to see in the world? This can be trans related, or not, but we’d love to know where your passion lies.

I would like to see a less competitive, more sympathetic and empathetic world, where people have more respect for different ones. A society that understands that all diversity is a good for mankind. A world where there is no space for violence and where everyone lives in peace. I know, it is a Utopia that sounds like a synthesis of John Lennon’s Imagine.

6) What are you doing to make those changes happen? That’s right all, no getting off the hook! We’re all in this big ol’ mess together, and we each need to do our part. Share with us how you’re the change you want to see.

I try to live in accordance with these ideas. It is something not so easy to do in today’s world, but you can give a try

7) tell us something, anything, special and unique about you, your interests, your story. Never forget, gender is just one part of the larger project of becoming a fully authentic human being.

I’m not good at talking about myself. Mainly because I still consider myself an incomplete person, who needs to grow a lot. But what from my point of view is most important is that despite having passed the halfway point of my life, I am a still curious and dreamy person.

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4 comments for “7 Questions – Sabrina

  1. January 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I hope you’ll forgive me for my English…

  2. Jen
    January 27, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Sabrina, your English is fantastic! Absolutely nothing to forgive, and rather something to applaud. I appreciate that you translated the post yourself.

    I’m happily shocked you even came across the site, especially given that it just launched a few days ago.

    Is there much of a trans community in Italy (assuming that’s where you are)?

  3. January 28, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Thanks to the Internet we now live in a really small world … and since I live in a very small town – in the southern part of Italy – I owe a lot to the Internet, because only through the net I have had the opportunity to give an answer to my problems and be able to build my network of contacts.
    In Italy there is still a lot of work to do and perhaps the ‘sense of community’ is not comparable to that of the United States. But there are very good groups, mainly on social networks. My experience is that the contribution of each member is a great incentive to grow all together.

  4. Jen
    February 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I do love that the internet has brought so many worlds so close together, that you and I, one in a small town in Italy, the other in Chicago, can find common ground despite the material space between us.
    I also love that you’re mindful of community and part of its growth through your own contribution. Keep it up, and if we here can be of any kind of resource, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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