Olaf de Fleur's transsexual Cinderella
film, The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela, has won the
Berlin Film Festival's Teddy Award for best film with a gay theme.
The Amazing Truth About Queen
Raquela stars Raquela Rios as a Philippine transsexual prostitute
in search of a fairy tale life in Europe. It is Rios' film debut, a
transsexual herself. Director Olaf de Fleur found Raquela Rios on
the Internet while she was living in the Philippines.
In an interview posted on the official
movie website Rios admits she spends too much time on the Internet
searching for the perfect guy. She says she realized early on she
did not feel comfortable as a male, but due to strict parenting she
kept it to herself. Finally, at the age of 17, she began living life
as a girl. It was “freedom” said Rios.
Additional information on the film can
be found at www.queenraquelathemovie.com
Leave it to Logo to put together a new
kind of reality dating show where bachelorette, best friend and even
a suitor are transgender. Transamerican Love Story is an
elimination dating show featuring transgender bachelorette Calpernia
Addams. Trans best friend Andrea James comes along to offer helpful
advice. Finally, among the 8 male contestants vying for Addams'
affections is Jim, a transgender male.
Indeed the producers of the show made a
fine decision in choosing Calpernia Addams as their bachelorette, a
beautiful and accomplished woman who represents the trans community
well. Addams served in the first Gulf War as a medical combat
specialist and is a decorated war veteran, activist and actress.
On XM Radio's weekly GLBT show The
Agenda with Joe Solmonese, Addams tells her host that she was
attracted to the project's informational opportunity. “This is a
chance to show people that we like to date too, that we want to find
love just as well, and that we're not weird monsters hiding in the
shadows that they can just dismiss,” Addams says. Later she adds,
“People are going to be shocked at how normal I am.”
Transamerican Love Story can be
found Mondays on Logo.
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