Interview With Trans Activist and Icon Calpernia Addams

January 9, 2015 9:15 AM

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In putting together a collection of interviews with compelling members of the queer community, one would be remiss to leave out trans activist, writer, singer/songwriter, actress, coach, and comedian Calpernia Addams. I was fortunate that she agreed to answer a few questions, and even more fortunate that she included accompanying links. (Thanks, Calpernia!) Take a look at what she has to say about her life growing up, the politics of language, and her history as a tireless advocate for equality.

I really struggled with being a creative, intellectual, dreamer type growing up in pre-Internet, 1980s Nashville, and every thought felt judged by the fundamentalist Christian cult my family was in. I was socially awkward, poor and not very good-looking, so I spent a lot of my time walking alone in ...

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