"UP NEXT" WITH T. LAVENDER



Up Next - January 2019- The Griffin Twins





1. What are the pros & cons of being a twin?

Cons: Everyone thinks because we’re twins, we’re suppose do everything alike , and be the same like robots. We both have different personalities and different styles. We’re our own individuals.
With women when it comes to being a twin they think they can have their cake and eat it too. They think they can date one and if they're not feeling one, they can dip out with the other one.

Pros: Coming into the world with your best friend.

2. What age did you know that you loved women and that women loved you right back?

I think we’ve always known we’ve had an interest in women, but never had the courage to admit it until we got a little older.
women having an interest in us maybe around when we were 17 or 18 years old. That’s when we started coming into our own.

3. How do you deal with haters? And have you ran into any haters from the LGBT community?

The best way to deal with haters is to just ignore them. Now don’t get us wrong when we started getting a massive amount of attention, of course we reacted. i mean we’re human. When you have people who don’t know you from two sides of street, speaking on you because of the little information they"re getting online that gives them the right to speak on your life, but I guess that comes with the attention and it can be come overwhelming but we’ve done gotten used to it.

4. When did you realize that you guys inspire so many people with your journey and just being you?

Honestly, we’re still surprised cause we didn’t think what we said or just being comfortable with who we are, that we inspire anybody, so it wasn’t intentional, but we’re grateful and thankful to those who took something from our story.

5. Are you guys single or taken? The ladies want to know.

We’re single but open to dating.

6. Do you slide in the ladies DM’s or are they sliding in yours?

Zayy
I rarely slide in anyone's DM, ladies mostly be in mine.

7. Did you guys vote this year?

Yes, and we hope everyone else did as well.

8. What is your favorite type of music & who is on your playlist right now?

Zayy-My favorite is Alternative R&B and Hip Hop
6lackHollywood PradaZayy Cray (of course) Ian Rosegold Bryson Tiller DVSNTYus KhalidBillie EllishBazzi XXxtentation( R.I.P) Childish Gambino Noa Sabrina Claudio Drake Eli Sostre H.E.R Ella Mai Joji
The list goes on I like discovering new artists so you never know Who I might like randomly come across . I just love music.

9. Tell me all about the album. I’m a fan of your work. I want to know how it got started, what inspired you guys to start recording music & your biggest musical influences.

Zayy: Thank you we really appreciate that. We’ve been experimenting with music like forever, but finally made the decision to take it serious, a few years back.
I dropped my solo project sometime this year, it’s called H.I.M., I’ve dropped a mixtape before, but the vibe wasn’t necessarily me, so i decided to do what i was more passionate about and what I vibed with the most. This project is more laid back R&B mixed with Hip hop.

I can’t say what exactly inspired me, but I just knew I would regret if I didn’t try to at least pursue it. My influences are Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, New Edition, Dru Hill etc

10. How did “My Trans Life” come about?
They found out about us online, asked us to do an interview. Of course we’ve agreed to it. Didn’t really make that big of a deal of it.

11. What are your favorite sneakers?

Adidas and Vans their the most comfortable shoes to wear.

12. Are all your exes calling now that your popularity has gotten crazy?

Nah, they know better lol but, I mean there had been women we’ve might had interest in, in the past would speak , but it’s all love. Keeping moving. No rehashing lol

13. What advice would you give an artist in the LGBT community about how to survive in the music industry & what to expect?

Be original, and be yourself, that’s the only way to stand out from another artists. With every "no" comes and "yes" so don’t give up. Take your craft as serious as you possibly can. Quality over Quantity.











January 2019-Edition XII- Izaak-Theo



1. You have a very unique name. How did you come up with your name?


Was it given to you by someone or did you come up with it by yourself?


Thank you, I chose it myself. For years before I started my transition, I was drawn to the name Izaak, and its meaning “He will laugh.” In my heart I was Izaak, but Theo kept popping up, and I felt it should also be a part of my name.


2. What does Izaak-Theo’s day to day life consist of?


Well at the moment, I am working alongside a carpenter/joiner. He’s incredible. I’m fortunate to have him show me the ropes. I go back to college in September (2019) to get my qualifications which will give me the chance to work abroad if I so chose.


3. Do you have a special lady in your life as of right now?


You know all the ladies want to know if you’re single. No, not anymore, I am Single.


4. You come from a musical background. We all admire your mom Sade who which is a LEGEND to the whole world. Do you play an instruments? And how was life growing up being the son of a musical icon?


Yea, I play guitar, violin, drums and I sing. I had a wonderful childhood; my mum surrounded me with incredible people, her friends who have become my friends as I have gotten older. She never put pressure on me to be anyone other than myself. She has always been very private, and when I was growing up, she kept me out of the public eye so I would have a “normal” life. When I was young, I had absolutely no idea of her level of fame. Now I realize what a massive musical icon she is, but to me, she is just my Mum. She was, is and forever will be my best friend.


5. I don’t know if anyone’s ever told you this, but you take dope pics on IG. I know you’re an illustrator. Your artwork is dope by the way. When did you start drawing? Do you do photography professionally or you just have an eye for art?


Thank you, that is nice to hear. I have been drawing all my life. My mum has boxes full of all the work I did when I was growing up. After school, I would come home and paint or draw for hours. I don’t have as much time on my hands anymore. I love taking pictures, although it is not something I do professionally. Recently I have been taking my camera around with me for visual documentation.


6. You transitioning has inspired a lot of other transmen to live their truth. How did you feel when you had your procedure & tell me just how happy your life became afterwards. Having top surgery was an emotional rollercoaster. I was in a lot of pain afterward because certain medications don’t work on me. So, when I woke up, the pain hit me like a ton of bricks! I had My mum and girlfriend at the time taking care of me, and as the pain subsided, the realization of what had happened became clear. I will never forget the day I got my bandages taken off, and I saw my chest for the first time. I can’t put it into words, but that was probably the happiest moment of my life (so far). It was the first time I looked in the mirror and indeed recognized the person staring back at me the person I saw in my dreams. Everything changed, I started carrying myself in a whole new way, I began to wear clothes that I couldn’t wear before. I was finally free. I love my scars; they remind me every day of how far I have come.


7. I know some of my trans friends have stated sometimes it gets hard living your truth at times. Is your family & friends accepting of your transition?


Luckily, I have family and friends that accept and love me just as I am. All they want is for me to be happy. I know not everybody has a support system as I do and that is one of the reasons I share my transition on Instagram, to send out positivity to those that may be feeling alone.


8. What are your favorite hobbies to do?

I like to draw, play my guitar and write songs/poems. I also love to snowboard, but sadly we don’t get a lot of snow in the UK. If we did, I would be boarding all day long.


9. Are you going to get into acting?

I’m not sure. When I was younger, I wanted to be an actor, but it's not something I’ve thought about pursuing as I’ve gotten older. But who knows, maybe one day.


10. Out of all the places you’ve traveled in your life, what are the top three places you enjoyed the most? That is a tough question but off the top of my head, Canada, St Lucia, and Montana!


11. Everybody is on their health game nowadays. What are you doing to stay fit?

I go to the gym now and again, but that is mainly for my mental health.


12. What is playing on your musical playlist these days?


I listen to my mum every day. Especially when I’m feeling sad, listening to her shows me the light. Eilish, I can’t get over how talented she is. Her song bitches broken hearts is my top played track of 2018. Travis Scott’s new album is pure fire. BROCKHAMPTON’s album SATURATION II. I just bought J. Cole’s KOD on vinyl. Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy. I just recently discovered Col3trane, I’m playing his album Tsarina on repeat. A$AP Rocky, Drake, Frank Ocean, Kali Uchis, Syd, Doja Cat, Men I Trust, Daniel Ceaser Honestly, there are so many incredible artists out there. I can’t list them all, but these are just some that I have been playing recently.


13. We all have dated someone we wish we hadn’t. What is the craziest thing an ex has ever done? I think after a breakup or heartbreak, I often think “oh why did I let myself get into that situation” but I don’t regret any of the relationships I have had. Each one has taught me something different and therefore, allowed me to grow.


14. I see you’re an animal lover. How many pets do you have?


I have two cats and a dog, they live with me and then another two dogs that live with my mum and dad.


15. What was your coming out story like?


My mom cried when I told her I was apart of the LGBT community. I told a couple of my friends, and then I told my mum and dad. I was so afraid to come out to my friends and family, even though I knew deep down it would be fine. I think that I was scared because I hadn’t fully accepted myself and that was the hard part. I was the first person I had to come out to. As soon as I said “okay this is me, this is who I am, I don’t care anymore” I was fine. That can take time, but when you do get to that stage, you are one step closer to freedom.


16. Where did you grow up & how was childhood life like?


I grew up in London until I was nine, then moved to the countryside. I was always a happy child. I spent most of my time either drawing or collecting bugs, climbing trees or putting on plays. Everything was great until I hit puberty. It all went west from there.


17. Will you have any art shows coming up?


I haven’t got any shows planned at the moment.


18. If you have any projects or anything you want to tell your followers or even new followers let them know now.


Thank you for your time & showing us love. We appreciate it. I am going to start a youtube channel so keep a look out for that!


Thank you for reading. Stay positive and always be yourself.