When I first got word that I was going to help out in interviewing Texas State Representative Elect Mary Gonzalez, my immediate reaction was excitement because I had just read an article a month ago on her about being the first lesbian to openly serve in the Texas House of Representatives. Then panic set in because this would be my first go at interviewing someone for an article in a magazine, and it intimidated me because it was going to be on someone who has power and influence to make significant differences in our community. I wanted to come up with some good questions.
Ms. Gonzalez arrived before I could think up of any, but I figured it was probably better just to roll with it and ask questions as they come to me. After the greeting and some questions, later it became a very friendly and comfortable conversation when she talked about her love and commitment for Bachata music and dancing mentioning how she rescheduled a flight just so she can make time to do some Bachata dancing.
During the interview, she spoke of many topics like how she started getting involved in helping her community at a very young age. She also made a point on how important it is to get involved. The point in this interview that I remember the most and I found very insightful was when a question was brought up on about what she thought about the fact that many people view women being emotional and sensitive were weakness. Then she began to explain how it is more of a strength that women have over men. Being a women with power to help the community she sees people in a more personal level which can then make her help and address issues within a community better. She also spoke of her love for Gloria Anzaldua, a feminist write, whom she looks up to and suggested we look up.
Talking to Ms. Gonzalez was such a pleasure. She was very honest in her answers. She is passionate in what she says and wants to truly get her point across. Conversing with her, I can see why she came so far in her political career and why she probably will continue on going further. She is an influential woman. She is proof that if we set our minds in accomplishing our dreams, they will come true, no matter your sexual orientation, ethnicity or gender.