Calpernia Addams, the Peabody Prize winning writer, actress and activist, best known on the Feast of Fools for her single “Stunning” joins us today to talk about the genesis of that fabulous dance song.
“Stunning” came out one of the episodes from her brand new reality tv series “Transamerican Love Story” a revolutionary elimination dating show featuring Calpernia as a trans woman searching for romance from a small group of handsome men.
Calpernia’s reality show is like The Bachelorette but with a fabulous trannie as the prize. You get to see an inside look at the men who are attracted to transsexual women and what it will take to win her heart. We recommend buying the season pass on the iTunes Music store, that way you’ll get every episode as it’s released each week, much like this podcast!
Calpernia was thrust into the public spotlight in 1999 when her lover, Pvt. Barry Winchell was harassed and murdered by his fellow soldiers after rumors of their relationship circulated around the base.
A controversial New York Times article titled “An Inconvenient Woman” portrayed GLBT groups as trying to qualify their relationship as “homosexual” in order to draw attention to the problems with the U.S. Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy banning lesbians, trans, gays and bi folks from serving their country.
Because of this intense life-changing event, Calpernia decided to become an activist for more positive media portrayals of transsexual women.
She participated in the production of “Soldier’s Girl” as an on set consultant to keep the story true to her experience. The film won several awards and featured Lee Pace from Pushing Daisies as Calpernia.
Join Kennidi Monroe, Marc Felion and me Fausto Fernós as we talk with Cali about her friendship with web-designer Andrea James, dealing with unpopular contestants and Calpernia’s list of stupid questions not to ask a Trannie. Of course, we asked her anyway, well not really.
Don’t miss the last part of the show where Calpernia teaches me how to force feminize my voice. I sound almost as stunning as she does!
This is the podcast that uses the voice you want to use- Feast of Fools.
Featured TV Show:
Transamerican Love Story
Starring Calpernia Addams
Produced by World of Wonder
Get it on iTunes