Monica Trasandes was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, but grew up in California. She earned a B.A. in International Relations from U.C. Santa Barbara and an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. In her 11 years at GLAAD, she has done 50+ interviews on local, national and international news programs and has trained over 100 members of the LGBTQ community in the United States and abroad. Monica has worked as a reporter and as a magazine editor and is also a playwright and author whose novel, “Broken Like This,” was published in 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press.