ABC turned out several spin-offs, including The Bachelorette where the tables were turned and a Woman took center stage as a dozen men tried to romance her in a bid to be the last man standing. While the Bachelor was in its prime, garnering huge ratings for ABC, in 2008 LOGO, a much smaller, niche cable network, along with World of Wonder, the studio that would later bring us the cultural phenom, premiered a quaint but little known show that ran in a similar theme. In a format similar to the Bachelor and the Bachelorette, it centered itself around a beautiful woman looking for love, and her would-be possibilities… Just 21 at the time, he met a local showgirl from Nashville who performed regularly at a popular Transgender revue. The military was still heavily subscribed to its stifling “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy regarding LGBT enlistees. Winchell exhibited no shame in his developing relationship with his nightlife princess, for the sake of his status in the military, it had to be kept secret.
The idea being here that, after eliminating all the contestants until one remains, the two new loverbirds would take a Disney-like chariot and drive off into the sunset to live happily ever after. but there was one glaring difference: That woman was Calpernia Addams. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before members of his platoon discovered what he had not disclosed, and he endured brutal harassment at the hands of his comrades-in-arms. Typical homophobic abuse that the military is notorious for. Soldier’s Girl was nominated for a plethora of awards, and won Lee Pace a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Performance. Winchell’s murder was formative in the national discussion about- and although many years later, the ultimate removal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Love, and then loss of what could have been her own happily-ever-after to the grotesque consequences of hate.
In episode six, one of the suitor's has to leave to attend a family funeral, but returns by episode eight.
In the end, Shawn, a 33-year-old concert promoter from Ventura, California, wins Calpernia's heart.
While The Bachelor spinoffs have had 16 million episodes and there’s even been a (disastrously made) gay themed version, none have achieved the level of significance that Trans American Love Story did in 8 episodes; Including introducing us to the most incredibly sweet and probably the first, Trans Man on network television.
Door de unieke golflengte van de laser wordt het pigment van de haar gepakt.
The ABC reality dating show features a traditionally attractive man and an entire harem of beautiful women who would argue, sabotage, backstab and claw their way into the heart of the leading man in a heated competition for his affections. Her story read like something out of a Nicholas Sparks novel. You see, Calpernia was the subject of the critically acclaimed true story, Soldier’s Girl. First Class Soldier, Barry Winchell was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Unlike most Trans-oriented media, it wasn’t overly dramatic or sensationalized.
It kept a fun, frivolous beat, putting the potential suitors through a myriad of competitions, but also revealing enough about them for Addams to slowly whittle down her options.
Today, Trans American Love Story would be a ratings hit. About a year ago, I wrote an article wherein I discussed the struggle that men willing to date Trans identifying women experience.
A show like this would bring that topic to the table for a much broader discussion without the political pretext of banned words, military bans, redacted protections, which are best left for other types of programs.