The Bloody Truth - ask Steffi

My name is Steffi and surprise: I don't get my period! Periods or other body functions you cannot control do not determine whether you are a woman or not. Your body, your ability, your choice! What really makes me a woman is personality and vision!

Steffi is a 28-year-old make-up artist from Vienna. As an activist she is dedicated to LGBTQIA+ rights!

We are more than thankful for Steffi to be part of our column "The Bloody Truth".

How do you deal with your gender transformation when meeting a new partner?

I tend to communicate this immediately. Usually, this helps me find out very quickly how someone will deal with it and whether this person could be a good match.

What kind of reactions have you experienced in such situations?

People react quite differently. I have to say that most people a very curious. They tend to have loads of questions. Once I have just answered of them, they already come up with more things they want to know.

Does menstruation have any meaning to you?

The period is a huge symbol for reproduction. Above all, it shows what our body is capable of without us having to do anything about it. The topic should be talked about much more!

When have you decided to have your transformation done?

I was pretty much clear about this as a child already but haven't actually started the process until I was 18 years old so as to be more independent and autonomous.

Do you want to have children?

I think it is wonderful to have children and see them grow up. Also, I would probably have the right values for being a parent. However, at the moment I cannot really imagine it for myself just yet.

How have you experienced puberty?

It was a very difficult time. I guess that's the same for many trans people transforming from man to woman. The body starts developing masculine features which is surely not pleasant for any trans woman.

How did your family react when finding out that you had been born in the wrong body?

My mother was the most worried about it. She was very concerned that being a trans woman could make my life more difficult than that of other people.

How do you deal with hate - online and offline?

Expose! Expose! Expose! I do expose all kinds of hate on my social media channels, publish hateful messages and confront people with it. I want to achieve that people eventually understand how wrong their hate is.

How has your social environment changed since your transformation?

It has changed completely. Yet this was not only due to my transformation but also due to the fact that I have moved to a different country. I have started engaging with new topics and have met new people.

Are you in a realtionship?

I am in a happy, joyful and healthy relationship with my own 69 personalities. ;)

You also are an activist! What do you wish for in the future?

My wish is for all people anywhere in the world to experience freedom and peace. We need more respect for diversity and individualilty. Everyone should be celebrated!

This interview is a transcript of our IGTV format.