So I've been watching the Logo reality show, A Transamerican Love Story, which is a bachelor-style dating show featuring Calpernia Addams, a transwoman looking for love. The show is super-queer, with every sexual orientation and gender identity under the sun. There are straight men, gay men, and transmen, all fighting for Calpernia's affections.
I have actually enjoyed the show. It is very light-hearted and doesn't seem to care who a person is, as long as they give good TV. There are the same silly challenges and fights that make other reality shows so addicting, but with a new, gender-queer bent. Sexuality and gender are literally thrown to the wind, something I always think is a great message.
I wanted to blog about it because I am curious as to what everyone else thinks. Some of my thoughts after the jump...
One of the things that does make me slightly uncomfortable is Calpernia's background. If the name sounds familiar, it is because she is the woman at the center of the "A Soldier's Girl" story. Her military boyfriend, Barry Winchell, was brutally gay-bashed and murdered by a fellow marine because he was dating a transwoman.
I'm having a hard time putting that out of my head and just enjoying the show for what it is. I can't help but think of that as I watch her suitors strip down in a gender-bending Goth bar and dance for her. It seems to be like two worlds colliding that don't mesh at all.
But maybe that's where the strength of the show is. It shows how Calpernia, and our community as a whole, can suffer horrible losses but still keep their heads high as we try to find a piece of happiness in a world that is against us and often tries to literally beat us down. It shows that not only are we able to survive, but thrive.
Could there be more to the program than just being a silly reality show? Could it be a testament to our community and who we are, just with pudding wrestling challenges and witty one-liners instead of picket signs and legislation?
I'm curious what everyone else thinks of the show. Is it good? Offensive? Moving? Ridiculous?