Some people know you for being a transgender activist, some as a model, others as a DJ and many heard about you through the Swedish documentary reality show “Tjejer Som Oss.” Could you please introduce yourself and tell us who Ivy September is?
I’ve always had extremely big dreams and hopes and no matter all the traumatizing experiences I’ve been through I’ve always kept fighting. I would call myself a driven businesswoman and I work really hard for the things I do. I’m self-made in every aspect and I’m trying to create awareness in everything I do. I’m currently working on my first EP and promoting my first single, “Kill The Norm,” which will have an empowering message for my community and a “fuck you” to the gender normative society we live in. I would describe myself as an artist by heart. I like to see the different colors of life in my own spiritual way. I’m an eternal fighter. Sometimes I feel like I had to go through all the experiences I have been through in order to be able to be my community’s voice and stand up for the people who don’t dare to stand up for themselves.
You lived in London for some years and then you decided to move to Copenhagen. What made you make this decision?
London is one of the most amazing cities with so many opportunities and a wider range of acceptance for alternative living. I was very young at the time and London helped to get the confidence to explore myself but I felt I needed a more quiet place to find myself so that’s why I decided to move to Copenhagen.
Denmark is the first country that removed transgenderism from its list of mental illnesses and Copenhagen is known as one of the most LGBTQ friendly cities. From your personal experience, is the Danish society as open-minded as it is presented in the media?
Aside from the fact that the Danish laws protect LGBTQ rights, would you say that Danes are accepting and open-minded to the LGBTQ community?
You came out when you were 24. What is one key piece of advice you would give to anyone who’s trying to find the courage to come out?
I came out because I had no choice. The life I lived as the person before didn’t have much value as I was constantly judged and discriminated by the society around me. I was being bullied into thinking that feeling feminine comes with being a woman only. Why couldn’t I be allowed to be as feminine as masculine and accepted for expressing that in a way that felt right at that particular moment? My advice for anyone to take any step of change of themselves is to try to ask yourself this question: have I really given myself a chance or am I letting myself get influenced by what society has painted up as the only two gender roles of living? I believe we are fluid so I advise you to let yourself experience your body and don’t listen to anyone, but only to what your soul is feeling. If that is being a woman with a dick, then so be it. It’s not wrong; it is the people not being able to look beyond their own experiences who have a lot to learn. I can’t understand why it can’t be seen as a beautiful and unique thing to be born with so many perspectives and knowledge. For me it just feels natural and beautiful. We are unique and the future is ours.
You started modeling before the transition. How did your experience in the fashion industry change after your transition?
In the short film “IVY” you say that maybe you should have waited before doing the sex reassignment surgery. What do you think made you rush into it?
Do you believe that transgenderism is less of a taboo than it was some years ago in countries outside Scandinavia?
What message do you hope to spread?