Transamerican Love Story

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Transamerican Love Story
Starring Calpernia Addams
Alec Mapa
Andrea James
Country of origin USA
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Executive producer(s) Fenton Bailey
Randy Barbato
Tom Campbell
Producer(s) World of Wonder
Running time 60 minutes
Original network Logo
Original release February 11 – March 31, 2008

Transamerican Love Story is an American reality television program in which suitors wooed transgender woman Calpernia Addams. Addams chose a suitor by process of elimination.

Logo, a digital cable channel with LGBT content, originally broadcast the series in 2008 from February through March. Alec Mapa hosted each episode.

Zach Rosen of the Washington Blade praised the series, describing it as "refreshing for its lack of sensationalism".[1]

The suitors[edit]

  1. Barry, a 45-year-old actor from Beverly Hills, California
  2. Blaine, a 47-year-old car dealer
  3. Jim, a 32-year-old transgender writer from Hilliard, Ohio
  4. Mark, a 34-year-old professional wrestler from New York City
  5. Mike, a 24-year-old personal trainer from Chicago, Illinois
  6. Peter, a 25-year-old media consultant from Encino, California
  7. Rich, a 37-year-old yoga instructor originally from New York City
  8. Shawn, a 33-year-old concert promoter from Ventura, California


Episode number Title Air date
1 "Getting to Know You" 11 February 2008 (2008-02-11)
Calpernia is introduced to eight bachelors, ranging from straight, pansexual to transsexual male. The men spend one-on-one time with Calpernia while her friend Andrea James entertains the other gentlemen. Later that night, Calpernia hosts a harem sleepover party while the men tend to her every need. Based on that evening, Calpernia decides to eliminate Blaine, who previously revealed that he had owned a transsexual porn business.
2 "Something's Cookin'" 18 February 2008 (2008-02-18)
Calpernia's friends are invited to a southern dinner prepared by the men. The men shop at a nearby kosher market and quickly realize that many Southern ingredients are not kosher. The men initially get along while preparing the meal but things become more strained as the cooking progresses. Barry, having taken control of the cooking and organizing the men, earns a wine-and-cheese date with Calpernia. The guests arrive for dinner, several dishes of which are not well-prepared. The dinner party ends with a singalong initiated by Shawn. Shawn earns a few moments with Calpernia based on her friends' recommendations and they share a short kiss. Jim reveals to Mark that he is transgender and is pleasantly surprised by Mark's positive reaction. At the elimination, Calpernia sends Barry home.
3 "Love's a Beach" 25 February 2008 (2008-02-25)
The six remaining suitors go through a "mini boot camp" with a female-to-male former drill sergeant while Calpernia and Andrea watch from a nearby yacht. Following the boot camp the men race to the yacht on two-man rubber rafts for the chance to win alone time with Calpernia. Shawn and Rich win the race and take the opportunity to get to know Calpernia better. Back on shore, Mark clashes with the other men, particularly Mike. The next day, Calpernia drops by to spend some alone time with Mark. Peter (who's worried about having had no alone time with her) and Mike crash the end of their date. Jim tells all of the remaining suitors that he is transgender and they are all very supportive. At the elimination ceremony, Calpernia eliminates Rich, saying they would make better friends.
4 "I Love the Nightlife" 3 March 2008 (2008-03-03)
Mark continues to come into conflict with the other suitors. Calpernia brings the men to a club where several of her friends (including original club kid James St. James) evaluate them. Calpernia performs her song "Stunning" and the men learn they will then perform for her. Mark is initially adamantly opposed, but eventually agrees to put on a performance. Mike wins the performance competition and earns alone time with Calpernia during a limo ride. The next day Calpernia finally spends some alone time with Peter, but she's concerned that he's more interested in the mint juleps she's serving than in her. Calpernia eliminates Peter at that night's ceremony.
5 "I Like the Way You Move" 10 March 2008 (2008-03-10)
The episode begins with group interactions between the remaining four suitors. The country/western-themed episode involves the suitors learning two-stepping at Oil Can Harry's and a "family dinner" at the mansion. The dinner becomes a shouting match, culminating in Calpernia's breaking down in tears. The next day, Shawn must leave the mansion to attend a funeral. Calpernia eliminates Mark at that evening's ceremony.
6 "Meet the Folks" 17 March 2008 (2008-03-17)
This episode stresses the importance of family. With Shawn absent for a funeral, only Jim and Mike are left to meet Calpernia's "drag mother", Chyna. Calpernia goes to Las Vegas with Mike to meet his mother and father, and to Ventura with Shawn to see his home neighborhood. Jim's parents and former roommates visit the mansion to meet Calpernia. At the end of the episode, there is an elimination ceremony in which Jim and Shawn are invited to stay. However, in a twist, Mike is also invited to continue, and Calpernia announces that all four of them are returning to Los Angeles for the final portion of the competition.
7 "Recap" 24 March 2008 (2008-03-24)
Host Alec Mapa recaps the series so far, including clips from previous episodes and interviews with the remaining suitors and Calpernia.
8 "Finale" 31 March 2008 (2008-03-31)
Calpernia and the three remaining suitors move to a luxury hotel and the suitors get makeovers. Calpernia calls Jim to her room and eliminates him. Mike and Shawn each make their final pitch for Calpernia's heart and in the end she selects Shawn.


In June 2008, more than two months after the conclusion of the series, Addams reported that she was seeing her chosen suitor, Shawn, on a casual basis.[2]


  1. ^ Rosen, Zach (2008-03-07). "Springtime blossoms". Washington Blade. Archived from the original on 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  2. ^ Santoscoy, Carlos (2008-06-05). "Calpernia Addams On Love & Transgender Rights". On Top magazine. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 

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