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.

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!

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

apa-protest
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!

Calpernia Hosting FREE Sassy Prom Memorial Day May 25, 2009

Calpernia Hosting FREE Sassy Prom Memorial Day May 25, 2009

Calpernia Hosting FREE Sassy Prom
Calpernia Hosting FREE Sassy Prom

IT’S FREE! IT’S A FUNDRAISER! Hey kids! Guess what?! I’m going to be hosting the May 25th Memorial Day 2009 Sassy Prom at Here Lounge in West Hollywood – TOTALLY 80′s EDITION! It’s PERFECT, beacsue I am actually FROM THE 80′S!

You can see pix from last year’s event HERE, it is wild, sexy, fabulous and awesome!

Please come out, have some cocktails or non-alcoholic refreshments of your choice and scream for me as I twist, shimmy, jiggle and holler for your amusement! I’ll be doing some of my original music as well as some 80′s classics, and I hear tell that there will be HOT and SEXAY PROM KINGS galore, too! Get that date you never had when you were in school (last year), show off your Screech-to-Zac post-graduation transformation, slip into that prom dress you couldn’t afford back then on your Quik-E-Mart afterschool job salary and make those chaperones earn their salary at this event!

More info to come, get ready and get your tickets asap!

What: Sassy Prom 2009: Totally 80′s Edition
When: Monday May 25th, 7pm
Where: Here Lounge, 696 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA
Who: Calpernia “All The Way” Addams, aka “Miss Dis” aka “STUNNING!”
Why: OMG it’s PROM!
How: Show up, bitches!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUZOik7RJao

See more pix by the fabulous TONY D of Sassy Prom 2008

Sassy Prom 2008 by Tony D
Sassy Prom 2008 by Tony D

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Calpernia Hosts Switch Hitter's Ball Fundraiser: A Success!

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Switch Hitters Fundraiser

Oh what a night… On Saturday May 2nd, 2009, I had the pleasure of hosting the Switch Hitter’s Ball at the enormous “Arena” venue in Hollywood. It was a fundraiser for The Greater Los Angeles (Gay) Softball Association and The Life Group LA HIV/AIDS supportive group.

Softball players from each team performed in elaborate camp/comedy drag routines, competing for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as judged by a panel of celebrity judges including local drag diva Miss Barbie Q, top selling singer Erin Hamilton (with whom I got to have dinner afterward) and several other amazing people.

As the flyer said, “MC-ing the event in all her Glam … Calpernia Addams! A special singing performance by the chart topping Diva herself… Erin Hamilton singing her two number one hits of 2009!” I performed “Stunning” at the beginning of the night, then MC’d for the rest of the night.

Arena on Santa Monica Blvd is HUUUGE. Absolutely enormous inside. And it was PACKED with rowdy gay baseball fans (who knew!), so of course I had a great time. It was hot as Hell, so I stayed in my opening number outfit most of the night. Unbeknownst to me, BARRY WILLIAMS was in the audience, whom you may know as Greg Brady, resulting in the curious circumstance of me dancing half-nude in a dominatrix outfit in front of one of my childhood crushes. “The Brady Bunch” was a serious source of fantasy for me: a large, uncomplicated and fun family full of support for each other. I identified most with Jan, and found Christopher Knight (Peter) the cutest, but Barry Williams was definitely the hottest. LOL, I know, I’m an idiot. RuPaul was there, too, along with several other really cool people that I knew.

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Afterward, I jetted over to the World of Wonder Gallery showing of Lenora Claire‘s Bettie Page: Heaven Bound art opening, featuring legends such as artist Olivia, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Pandora Peaks, Dita Von Teese and lots of Cal-Pals like Selene Luna, Squeaky Blonde and more. Exhausting day, but fun!

Bettie Page Art Opening @ WOW Galleries
Calpernia vs. Superman at the WOW Bettiew Page art show