Ep 36 Real Trans People: Diva Berry

This episode airs live Friday April 10th, 2015 at 6–8pm on KBBF 89.1 FM, replayed on Tuesday night on KBBF 89.1 FM, replayed on Wednesday night at 6–8pm on KWTF 88.1 FM, and live on YouTube here:

This week on The Queer Life radio show feature real trans people and we’re interviewing Diva Berry, a trans woman giving us a brief glimpse into her life. Here is a brief bio:

I was born in 1961, in Los Angeles. I knew at the age of 6 that I was gay. Growing up in a very religious home was not easy but somehow I got through it. My father was an alcoholic and my step mother was very religious. I love going to church but I also knew that I was gay and I was in a church that did not condone homosexuality.

As a gay boy my family accepted me but when i chose to live my life as the woman I am at age 27 all hell broke loose. The majority of my family disowned me and my friends at the time didn’t understand the transition. After a few years I chose drugs, namely crack, to deal with my feeling of loneliness. I did drugs from 1987 to 1997. I had to realize that if I was to succeed I had to love myself. In 2000 I fell in love with a man and we moved to Northern California.

That relationship only lasted a couple of months but I refused to be defeated. So I went to a shelter and from the shelter I went to transitional living where I got a job driving busses.

Since moving to Northern California my life has changed for the better. I just want to encourage everybody the day bisexual straight homo sexual transgender A sexual or whatever lol. life is worth living but the first thing we have to do is learn to love ourselves. Right now I don’t have a love interest but I know he’ll be there soon enough.

I’m okay with the fact that the majority of my family does not like my lifestyle. I don’t need anyone’s vindication! I love myself and I love myself immensely!

I do a lot of volunteer work something I’ve done since I moved up here. I’ve gotten my credit score from 0 to 840. So many people told me that I couldn’t get where I am that they would never hire a transgender and that with a felony on my record I couldn’t vote or have an apartment. I’m here to tell people that’s a lie you can do anything you set your heart to. God is love and love is for everyone!

Thanks for listening!

-Kaiya Kramer
Host of The Queer Life Radio Show

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