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Activist and rising media personality Calpernia Addams was in London for a showing of her short film "Casting Pearls" and a panel on media representation at the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. In this in-depth interview she talks about growing up, the murder of her boyfriend Barry Winchell, her blossoming career and the representations of trans people in film and on TV. Just click on the "Listen Now" control below to hear the interview online, without the need for any special software. Alternatively the "Play in Popup" option allows you to listen the same way but carry on browsing.

Calpernia's web site http://www.calpernia.com/ has all the latest details of her work and, when you visit her site, you can watch the You Tube video of "Stunning", her first single, which begins and ends this episode.

As a complement to this item I'd like to recommend another Podcast interview with US trans activist Jamison Green, talking at length about what drives trans people.

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  • Denys

    Thank you Christine for this most insightful interview.

    I saw the film ‘Soldier’s Girl’ for the first time last night and what a brilliant film it is too but of course it is also sad because of how it plays out.

    As a gay man I struggle to understand how another human being could be so tormented and fearful of my sexuality that murder becomes an option to free themselves from what is in fact their own internal struggle and self-loathing.

    Barry Winchell was a courageous young man for following his heart. Calpernia Addams is a courageous woman for being a visible and active voice for trans people.

    Jan 25, 2009 at 2:46 am