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Pride WA, in conjunction with Sydney Mardi Gras, is delighted to present US transgender actress, artist and activist, Calpernia Addams, at an intimate speaking engagement in Perth on Saturday, 14 February. Calpernia will share her inspiring personal story with Perth audiences for the first time, and speak about the pursuit of artistic excellence that has made her a global LGBTI cultural icon.
Calpernia first became a household name when Showtime produced a film on the story of the brutal murder of her lover, Barry Wichell, a US soldier, who was murdered by a fellow soldier who had vilified him as being gay for dating a trans woman.
The tele-movie, A Soldier’s Girl premiered in 2003 and told of the events leading up to the brutal hate crime. The movie received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations and played a pivotal role in building the case to end the US military’s 'Don’t Ask Don’t Tell' policy.
Since coming into the public spotlight, Calpernia has used her new found fame to educate the public at large on the issues of the trans community.
Today she creates educational content around gender identification and often works with top celebrities and directors consulting on various film and television projects – notablyTrans America and Dallas Buyers Club, where Addams worked with Felicity Huffman and Jared Leto to prepare them for their respective Oscar nominated roles.
Calpernia has been presented with a Peabody Award, a GLAAD Media Award, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network's Randy Shilts Visibility Award, The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force's Leadership Award, and she is also a decorated military war veteran recognized by the US Congress for assistance in rescuing a downed Chinese airliner in Alaska's Aleutian Islands.
'A Soldier's Girl' will be screened following Calpernia's appearance.
Tickets are free with bookings essential due to the limited capacity of the venue.
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Pride WA has been an integral part of the Western Australian community since 1989. We grew out of a community movement protesting laws that actively discriminated against members of our community and evolved to incorporate a festival and events calendar. The Pride Community includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (LGBTIQ), other people of diverse sexuality and gender, and their supporters.