Category Archives: Activist

A very incomplete list of Calpernia’s work with activist, charitable and fundraiser events and organizations, including VDay, The Task Force, GLAAD, APLA, PFLAG, Lavender Law and many more.

NOH8 PSA on YouTube

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEatd5PF08c
The NOH8 Public Service Announcement from the NOH8 Campaign is up on YouTube. With the California Supreme Court’s upholding of Proposition 8’s constitutionality, we are at day one of this next battle for equal rights. Every effort and action counts.

Because I like to remember things like this, let’s all remember the many contributors to the YES on 8 campaign. Those people who reached out with their money and time to take away the rights of gays and lesbians to marry so that they could protect the institution of marriage by making it unreachable for those who want it… while that money could have been spent on helping the nearly incomprehensibly large number (~50%) of heterosexual marriages that end in divorce, they chose to spend it on destroying and preventing the relatively tiny number of gay and lesbian marriages. It’s obvious that sanctity of the institution isn’t really what’s driving this.

We can all thank the Mormons for spending millions of dollars and countless hours of work in destroying gay and lesbian marriage, but don’t forget the little people. Find other contributors to Yes on Prop 8 (against gay and lesbian marriage) here:
http://www.sfgate.com/webdb/prop8

Talk with your money, I think they hear that much louder than any common sense arguments.

Also, a protest is being planned of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appearance on Jay Leno tonight. Here’s the quote:

LET THE GOVERNOR KNOW WE WANT OUR EQUAL RIGHTS! Protest outside the Tonight Show Tonight as Arnold will be a guest tonight. Info: LENO Tapes @ 4:30 pm—The Bob Hope Drive Gate is where Arnold will drive in –around 4pm and out of 5:30 pm ….Olive Drive is the front of NBC where the Audience lines up….Park on Bob Hope Drive or Riverside Drive…walk to NBC Gates

Sassy Prom 2009 – Photos and Writeup

Sassy Prom 2009 by Andrea James
Wow, Sassy Prom 2009 was great! There was a huge turnout, strong drinks and lots of hot hot hot boys! Check out these photos by Andrea James! The event benefitted GLAAD, among other organizations, and raised some good money for them thanks to the generous attendees.

There were several of my fave photographers there in addition to Andrea, including ipartypix.com. Check out the gallery below for all the rest of the photos!

Calpernia's Photo for the NOH8 Campaign in Support of Marriage

Calpernia by Adam Bouska for NOH8
Calpernia by Adam Bouska for NOH8

I had the great fortune to be included in the NOH8 Campaign in support of marriage for gay and lesbian people this week. The NOH8 Campaign is a photo project and silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in response to the passage of Proposition 8.

The shoot was really fun! I went between Miss Universe 1997 (and Cal-pal) Brook Lee and Miss USA 1995 Shanna Moakler, which would normally make it difficult for me to feel any kind of pretty at all, but luckily I knew Brook from real life and Shanna was incredibly nice so I wasn’t even thinking about being intimidated by their beauty. Much. I also got to watch comedy star Amy Hill and her awesome daughter (also Cal-pals) do their shoot and PSA taping, and Brook did hers with her darling little son, so it was lotsa fun.

There will be a gallery show of some of the photos April 29th, 2009 at the Hamilton Selway Fine Art Gallery.

Calpernia’s Photo for the NOH8 Campaign in Support of Marriage

Calpernia by Adam Bouska for NOH8
Calpernia by Adam Bouska for NOH8

I had the great fortune to be included in the NOH8 Campaign in support of marriage for gay and lesbian people this week. The NOH8 Campaign is a photo project and silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in response to the passage of Proposition 8.

The shoot was really fun! I went between Miss Universe 1997 (and Cal-pal) Brook Lee and Miss USA 1995 Shanna Moakler, which would normally make it difficult for me to feel any kind of pretty at all, but luckily I knew Brook from real life and Shanna was incredibly nice so I wasn’t even thinking about being intimidated by their beauty. Much. I also got to watch comedy star Amy Hill and her awesome daughter (also Cal-pals) do their shoot and PSA taping, and Brook did hers with her darling little son, so it was lotsa fun.

There will be a gallery show of some of the photos April 29th, 2009 at the Hamilton Selway Fine Art Gallery.

APA protest of “gender identity disorder” Today in San Francisco

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Protest of American Psychiatric Association's classification of GID

This is a repost from Andrea James’ TSRoadmap.com/notes blog. She will be at the protest in San Francisco tonight, please go and support if you’re in the area. Basically, we want transsexualism to NOT be considered a mental illness:

The American Psychiatric Association is holding its annual meeting next week. On the agenda will be how they plan to diagnose gender-variant people for the next decade. The trans community and allies will be holding a protest on the same day community leaders are scheduled to speak on APA panels on Monday, May 18, 2009. Join us at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and please help spread the word about this historically significant event! The futures of our community and especially our children are at stake!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=187297865362

http://www.gidreformnow.com

Also, check out Jayna Pavlin’s terrific protest poster art!