Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Stunning: An Interview with Calpernia Addams

Ambiente Magazine has a cover story on actress, activist (and PFLAG spokeswoman) Calpernia Addams, the star of Transamerican Love Story and one of the country's most visible, and outspoken, transgender advocates.

Calpernia, who is also the cover girl for PFLAG's This Is Our Love Story campaign, talks to the magazine about growing up in the South . . . the much-publicized murder of PFC Barry Winchell, a soldier who was murdered at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, while dating Calpernia . . . her blossoming music career . . . and her love for PFLAG.

“When I began searching for information as a teenager about why I ‘felt this way,’ one of the first groups I heard about that supported young people was PFLAG,” she tells Ambiente. “The idea of someone’s parents, and friends, supporting them openly when they were GLBT was a real mind-bender for me and, unfortunately, seemed completely alien to my own life of fear and judgment coming from my family. It was heartening to know that ti was at least possible in other families, though. It gave me something to dream.”“All these years later, now that I am old enough to have a child of my own if I wanted,” she says, “I see the progress that has been made by PFLAG in supporting families and friends who are supportive of the GLBT loved ones, especially kids, and I’m excited to be a part of that after all these years.”

To read Stunning, the full interview with Calpernia, click here.

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