Podcast: “What are the skills needed to survive?”
In this episode of Conversations with Liz Gold, Liz talks with Cat De La Paz. Cat is a trans Latinx woman who has been successfully working a high level corporate job in the mortgage industry for almost a decade. Hear about her experiences being stealth at work, her day-to-day life and why trans women would make really good CEOs and bankers.
About her book: El Fin Del Mundo: "It's about situations in my life, but actually I'm exploring a different response than I actually made in my own life."
On Todd Kincannon's 2013 tweet: "I was really interested based on my entire experience of never having been alive when an entire nation paid attention to something that transphobic. That was a turning point for me."
"In 2015 to today, there have been over 300 active legislative laws that went into the House for each state, that were anti-LGBTQ. The majority of them did not succeed. There was resistance which means there is still fight."
"We are still fighting. We are still going out there. We are still winning. That is a moment of hope that should be shared."
On being stealth at her job: "Ultimately it was about safety. For me, the idea of being an open trans woman out in the public sector working as my true self didn't seem reasonable."
"We have to be responsible for those who can't do certain things. And they are responsible for us for the things we can't do either. Collaboration is essential."
"I've been alone. I go to work and talk about the work. I don't talk about my life. I don't talk about my realities. I'm primarily just left alone."
"I'm seen as a threat to heteronormativity - the cisgender paradigm of what is acceptable. People want to treat me as a cisgender person, they really don't want to see me as a trans person."
"Trans people would be really good as the CEOs and future bankers. Who's better at risk management than someone who understands risk? You'd get a lot of wisdom from trans women of color. Who better knows risk than trans women of color?"
"It can be a lot of work hiding."
"What is our response? What will our response be as our days go on?"
“What Are the Skills Needed to Survive?”
Lifestyle, LatinX, Courage, Strength, Transgender, Podcast
A Conversation with Cat De La Paz