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Old 02-18-2008
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Default Transgender in America FYI

First of all I am not promoting this show. However I do recommend you read the article from the New York Times article titled '"An Inconvenient Woman" I have included the link to it below.

Did anybody see the première episode of this show? What a disappointment, at least to me it was. It runs on the LOGO network Mondays at 10 pm ET, and repeats throughout the week at various times It is a reality elimination dating show with TG girl Calperina Addams.

I knew who she was as I had seen the movie “Soldier’s Girl? on cable a few years ago. Below is some biographical information on her. Since I have never dated a TGF, despite the fact that this is a reality show and probably heavily edited I thought I might learn something about dating and understanding a TGF. Lord knows I have a difficult enough time understanding a GG.

Their press release reads: “Our transgender bachelorette, Calpernia Addams, finds herself in a modern day fairytale as she's being wooed by eight dashing men. With the help of her trans best friend Andrea and a parade of challenges and dates, Calpernia whittles down her group of suitors in hopes of finding her prince charming.


Her Bio
Calpernia Sarah Addams (born 20 February 1971, birth name unknown) is an American author, actress and activist for issues regarding transsexual people.
Addams was born and raised as a boy in Nashville, Tennessee in a strict Christian fundamentalist household. Addams enlisted in the United States Navy as a teenager and served four years as a field medical combat specialist. She was stationed first in the Middle East during the Gulf War and later at Adak, Alaska.

Afterward, Addams returned to Nashville and began performing in a drag burlesque revue. She also began to compete in pageants for drag performers. During that time she began to live full-time as a woman. Having played fiddle since childhood, she played in various Celtic and traditional music bands, some of which were published on compact disc.

The 2003 film Soldier's Girl is based on a tragic event in Addams' life. In 1999, Calpernia Addams began dating an Army private named Barry Winchell who was training at the nearby military base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Winchell was harassed by fellow soldiers when rumors of his amorous relationship with Addams began to circulate around the army base.

After various soldiers taunted and pressured Winchell about his relationship with Addams, two soldiers conspired, and one of them murdered Winchell in his sleep on the Fourth of July, 1999. Private Calvin Glover pled guilty to murdering Barry Winchell.

Winchell was apparently murdered because Glover and fellow soldier Specialist Justin R. Fisher detested Winchell's romantic relationship with Calpernia Addams. Glover was court-martialed and sentenced to life in prison. Fisher reached a plea agreement on lesser military charges and was sentenced to fifteen years in prison.

Addams was put into the national spotlight after Barry Winchell was murdered. Some political groups attempted to make his murder an issue about the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regarding sexual orientation.
The New York Times article titled 'An Inconvenient Woman' refers to the manner in which some political groups attempted to portray the relationship between Calpernia Addams and Barry Winchell as "homosexual", so they could exploit Winchell's murder in order to protest U.S. military policies

N Y Times Article Link
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpag...=&pagewanted=4
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