We had the good fortune of connecting with Kira May and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kira, what inspires you?
There have been so many things that have inspired me in life, good and bad. Being bullied for 12 years of my life due to my appearance and being tall, never thinking I would make it in life because I was jumped, harassed, and called transgender. I was inspired to stand up for myself and to never give up and prove to everyone that I can and I will make it in life. After struggling with bad depression and trying to take my own life In 2019, I decided to become more involved with bringing awareness to suicide which inspired me to start competing in pageants to have a platform of Suicide Awareness so my voice is heard and people know that they are never alone in any situation ever. My amazing parents who have never given up on me and pushed me to reach my goals even when I have felt like giving up. They Inspire me and reassure me that I am enough and it is okay to have bad days and to never stop fighting for what I believe in. Another thing that inspires me is my cousin Annabelle, who is only ten years old but is one of the biggest reasons I am still in this world today. She has always been my “mini me” and told me she wants to be just like me when she grows up.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am most excited about becoming a social worker and being a mental health advocate! I am currently going to school and majoring in sociology, and plan to double minor in child development and business when I transfer next year! I want to get my doctorate of sociology so that I can have multiple career choices. I would love to work more with children and help them get adopted, and if needed take children out of homes that are not safe for them. Along this journey so far I have learned that it will not be easy, that I will have to be in school for a while and wanting to be a social worker is not an easy job. I want people to know that you can do anything you set your mind too, sounds cheesy I know but it is the truth! It is now about how you were raised, how you grew up but how you chose to get through it. I want people to know that even with a hard past, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, and mental health problems that you can get through anything. That if you work and never give up your dreams will start to come true.
Most importantly, I want people to never forget their worth and to never give up on themselves.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would have no idea where to start, of course it would be in my town but I would love to take them all around the Bay Area because there’s so much to see and do! An amazing restaurant called the Grandview which overlooks all of San Jose, or take them to Davenport in Santa Cruz to see the beautiful beach. Possibly even something as simple as taking them on a Friday night (before Covid of course) down to Morgan Hill, where I live and showing them Friday night music! On Sunday morning of course it would be fun to go have brunch downtown at one of the family owned restaurants and head over to San Jose for a giant flea market! There are so many fun adventures and things to do in the Bay Area and I am so thankful to be able to be so close to it all! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shoutout to my amazing mom, Celeste and amazing dad, Evan. You both have really taught me so much in life and have never given up on me even when I gave up on myself. Thank you for always supporting me in pageants, basketball, and always making sure that I have everything I need in life. I love you both more than words could ever say.