Richie: I am Richie Daly, that’s the name I go by brief name Richieann I go by.
Ulelli: And you are from?
Richie: Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago, Caranage West side, West part of Trinidad.
Ulelli: So tell me about the way you dress.
Richie: I tend to dress in more men’s wear but when I do drag as a man I dress more effeminately so I guess it’s a two layers, my date to day dressing, I’m in men’s wear, shirts, ties and if I’m going to formal function, I wear suits so, that’s how I dress.
Ulelli: How long you start dressing like this, how many years now?
Richie: Consciously, I guess since 2013/2014 but even as when I was younger, I would only dress like more traditional women’s wear, for like occasions going out I will usually dress in like my jeans like very androgynous and low maintenance kind of style only when I came out more and identified, figured out about my gender identity and gender expression, then those things kind of merge so I start to dress more masculinely in men’s wear.
Ulelli: How do people perceive you on the street like your family?
Richie: Because of my hair is long and I have relatively feminine face, I don’t necessarily get that much open hostility, I get wondering off regular street harassment which is confusing because generally I will not associate with homophobic men to be willing to engage to someone that is visibly more masculine but the Caribbean is an interesting place but I do get the occasional, (with an accent) I don’t know if that is a girl or boy or like really but very really, I get more mis, I get more confusion vocally than visually because people tend to stare with me as a woman and not react very aggressively with me in public spaces.
Ulelli: So basically, you say they don’t really bother you?
Richie: I won’t say they don’t bother me, because I travel every day, there’ve been instances that stand out to me as ugly as the most part I interact regularly with the public, I mean I get people comment why I don’t dress in certain ways if I’m public space talking to like actually interacting with people maybe but even that they don’t bother me up to this point so, I can’t stop them.
Ulelli: How your family feel about this?
Richie: My mom, the other day she had this big long, cause my sister ask me about gender identity in front of mother, she was like either you want to be a man or something, I was like no I identify as man but my sister was asking me questions and I was like very open about talking it with her but it was happening in front of my mother and she didn’t say anything but later she was like you know I always see you as my little girl, you will always be my girl and so she was like swan she also gave me a bunch of pictures, frame pictures like family photos and so on but like coincidentally, all the pictures she chose of me was like me in a dress to the point where she show photo where heel was on my foot (laugh).
Ulelli: It’s a cute picture cos it’s really touching.
Richie: It’s a family portrait where my grandparents and stuff like that but she comfort me with that photo with that photo in mind, so, there still a lot of effort on my mother’s part to believe that I will eventually refer back to a more feminine presentation but yea that’s the pictures.
Ulelli: What about work?
Richie: At work, I don’t really get any, I have more I’m a very messy person and I hate iron, I wear a lot of shirts so they tend to be wrinkle but, at work I don’t get that much, I think I get more rebbing .
Richie: Like rebbing like kind like jokes because but I don’t get any like hostility. I think people just like accept me for who I am, how I look and how I dress. That’s it, and I work in media so they tend to people in media generally tend to be more open minded, like weird people so I would say that’s just part of my awareness.
Ulelli: You accustom that way?
Richie: I accustom to it yes, I’m a weirdo, because my sense of humour is kind of weird yes
Ulelli: Anything else you want to add? What do you want people out there who don’t really understand anything about gender expression? What do you want to tell them?
Richie: You know gender honestly is a spectrum that really and truly men shouldn’t make any assumption about how a person identify themselves of whatever a person is based on their presentation and it just need acceptance or understanding the ultimately a better option that’s my pageant answer (laughs) I don’t know, it’s so complicated like how you dress is just a segment of it. They should just respect the message people are trying to communicate to the world where their body is cos it’s your message your body so, yea.