June 12, 2020

Pride Series - Maia Linnet

Pride Series - Maia Linnet

Pride Series Day 12 we talk to Maia Linnet a transgender woman from Denmark. Maia is a 32-year old psychology student from Denmark, who also happens to be a transgender woman. She started her transition in 2014, and since then has been involved in both local and national LGBT+ activism, often targeted towards improving the rights and resources for trans people in the healthcare system. She has participated in numerous debates on inclusion, intersectionality and awareness. Maia has also been in national papers and on television telling her story, and she aims to use her master's degree to further argue for a better world for marginalised people of all kinds. She has been an LGBT+ counsellor for 6 years this fall, and has been a driving force in initiatives aimed towards providing a safe space for trans people to explore and develop their identities. She currently lives in the second-largest city in Denmark, together with her girlfriend of three years, and her cat of almost eight years. She sings in a church choir, and enjoys music in most forms. She has just learned how to crochet, and says she is very bad at it.

Introduction

Denmark has always been known to be a progressive Country and overall, they are if you look at their policies on the LGBTQ+ community. Denmark was the first country to grant legal recognition of same-sex unions with registered partnerships in 1989. To compare that with the United States Hawaii was the first state to recognize same-sex unions in the form of reciprocal beneficiary partnerships in 1997 almost 10 years later. Denmark is by far one of the most socially liberal countries in the world. Although some of their policies like requiring sterilization to change your gender are questionable at best (was outlawed in 2014). The world should still look at Denmark as a way forward. 

 

Meet Maia Linnet (she/her/hers)

 

Maia a 32-year old psychology student from Denmark, who also happens to be a transgender woman. She started her transition in 2014, and since then has been involved in both local and national LGBT+ activism, often targeted towards improving the rights and resources for trans people in the healthcare system. She has participated in numerous debates on inclusion, intersectionality and awareness. Maia has also been in national papers and on television telling her story, and she aims to use her master's degree to further argue for a better world for marginalized people of all kinds. She has been an LGBT+ counsellor for 6 years this fall, and has been a driving force in initiatives aimed towards providing a safe space for trans people to explore and develop their identities. She currently lives in the second-largest city in Denmark, together with her girlfriend of three years, and her cat of almost eight years. She sings in a church choir, and enjoys music in most forms. She has just learned how to crochet, and says she is very bad at it. 

 

Podcast Episode

In this episode, we talk about:

-       Being Transgender in Denmark

-       Pride in Denmark

-       Diversity in Denmark

-       Trans healthcare in Denmark

 

Quotables

 

“Pride means the ability to stand by who I am.” – Maia Linnet

 

“I have overcome that pressure from society to be someone that I am not.” – Maia Linnet

 

“It use to take 5 years to live as the person you want to live as in Denmark.” Maia Linnet

 

“When I did come out I always knew I would have a place to go.” – Maia Linnet

 

“The Pride movement will still be important until there is true equality.” – Maia Linnet

 

Resources

 

LGBT Denmark

http://lgbt.dk/english-2/

 

 

Find Maia

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/maia.linnet

 

 

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