Calpernia works with activist, charitable and fundraiser events and organizations whenever possible, including VDay, The Task Force, GLAAD, APLA and many more.
I’m reading a piece as trans AIDS activist Connie Norman tonight 8pm @ The Skylight Theatre on Vermont in further support of World AIDS Day, alongside actors including Ann Walker, Tony Abatemarco, Larry Bates, Michael Kearns, Sandy Martin, Brian Normoyle, Ryland Shelton, Lianna Taylor, Gordon Thomson and David Trudell.
Text of monologue below:
Frontiers LA has a nice interview about my involvement with the upcoming Angels of Change benefit show, helping trans youth though the LA Children’s Hospital. Check it out!
Get tickets or your calendar of the lovely girls at http://angelsofchange.net
If you know any women in transition, or someone who has completed transition and may like to share some of her wisdom, check it out. The forum is free, it has a DECADE of information and discussion on any transition related topic imaginable, and it’s maintained with love by me, Andrea James and a small group of wonderful mods.
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The whole Chris Brown/Rihanna thing really flabbergasted me from Day One, and I continue to be gobstruck by the sheer number of people who are willing to surrender their human empathy and good judgement in favor of bobbing their head to a catchy dance tune. Chris Brown always vibed as an asshole to me, and his post-attack behavior did nothing to change my opinions. But I did like Rihanna’s music… Her decision to work with her abuser on two sexually charged tracks a scant few years after the horrific abuse has now utterly turned me off to her. Call it “victim blaming” if you will, but I feel no obligation to support or listen to an artist who makes a public example of such terrible decisions. I certainly wish her no ill will, but I can’t listen to her beg Chris Brown to “bite it” and “blast it on her back” after he literally bit her face, ear and fingers according to reports I read.
I know it’s just pop stars, doing stuff pop stars do, but I live in Hollywood, work in entertainment and have fought violence against women through several venues myself so it feels relevant to me.
In less than 48 hours, Andrea and I made this “parody” song and video of the “Birthday Cake” remix, singing the text of the police report from the terrible beating Chris inflicted on her instead of the existing lyrics about how he wants to “fuck” her and how she wants him to “bite it”. YUCK.
(I’m at 3:39 in the video)
IN THE MOMENT is an authentic, sexy and sometimes humorous web soap opera that explores the full range of factors that come into play in sexual decision making among young gay men. Issues like self-esteem, dating, relationships, age, body image, addiction and others are addressed as key factors in the lives of the characters.
I appear briefly in Episode 13 as a therapist. It was a really fun set and I had a great time with everyone. I don’t get to do as much HIV/AIDS awareness building as I do with women’s, youth and trans issues, so I was excited to be asked to participate even in this small way. Check out the site, it has great info and discussion for young gay men in the dating and club scene who are making decisions about safer sex. And the web series is sexy fun, too!