Trans Inclusion, Billy Porter, & Vaginas!

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This week Chardonnay and Dawn discuss transgender inclusion in sports, particularly at the high school and college student level, as well as the Oscar winners and Chardonnay’s return to the stage for this year’s Vagina Monologues at the University of Hartford.

Links we’ve mentioned and photos can be found by scrolling down below the podcast!

Here are my Outsports reports on South Dakota’s narrow vote to not discriminate against transgender student athletes, like Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller

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…and here’s my report on CeCe Telfer’s achievement in track that earned the ire of Donald Trump, Jr.

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Did you miss actor Billy Porter of Pose win the red carpet at the Academy Awards? Here it is!

The complete official list of Oscar winners is here.

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Here’s how Deadline reported on Spike Lee’s reaction to Green Book’s win for best picture. Why is the movie so controversial? Read this article in People Magazine

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The dude who won best original score for Black Panther is Ludwig Goransson. And…. Wow: he’s white! Read about him here.

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Watch Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform “Shallow” at the Oscars.

And here are photos of Chardonnay and the cast of Dramatis Personae at the University of Hartford performing the Vagina Monologues, and taking their bows.

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If you missed their incredible renditions of My Short Skirt or They Beat the Girl Out of My Boy, or The Little Coochie Snorcher That Could, we recommend you watch these videos or find out more about The Vagina Monologues and creator Eve Ensler here.

Please join us next week for another episode of Before The War!

 

 

 

 

 

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Transphobes v. Trans Allies

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This week Dawn and Chardonnay discuss the transphobic screed by tennis icon Martina Navratilova, the silent but strong message sent by transgender ally and “Avengers” actor Don Cheadle, a disturbing “prank date” video aimed at reinforcing dangerous and erroneous tropes about trans women — that we are trying to trick straight men into gay sex — plus, Chardonnay gives us a preview of her upcoming Vagina Monologues event this weekend at the University of Hartford.

Find links below the clip!

Read Dawn’s report on Martina Navratilova in Outsports here. 

Advocate, statistician and former Navy pilot Brynn Tannehill wrote this excellent article on this topic. In addition, we highly recommend you purchase her recently published book: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Trans* But Were Afraid To Ask. Click here to get your copy. 

Read a review of scientific studies investigating “Do Transitioned Athletes Compete at an Advantage or Disadvantage as compared with Physically Born Men and Women” here.

Check out this report on Sport and Transgender People.

Watch Dr. Rachel McKinnon’s video about this issue here.

Here’s the NCAA policy on trans athletes as well as the International Olympic Committee policy.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has its own guidelines.

Our friend Timothy Rawles of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News interviewed Chardonnay and Dawn as well as legendary trans journalist Gwen Smith for this report on a disturbing video in which a straight man is set up on a blind date with a woman who turns out to be trans… only she’s not a woman, it’s a man in a very transphobic skit that has gone viral on the internet. Click here to read Timothy’s report and if you really want to watch that video, Google “The Read Dumbass World.”

Read about actor Don Cheadle’s awesome endorsement of transgender children here. 

And click here to read all about the Vagina Monologues performance coming up this weekend at the University of Hartford, which features Chardonnay in the cast! The shows are February 22nd and 23rd at 7:30pm. All proceeds go to several women’s charities. Tickets will be sold at the door before the show in Hillyer 125, Auerbach Auditorium: $5 for students, $8 general admission.

PrideMedia, Grammys, Shutdown Talks

 

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This week we talk about a publishing company that owes its freelancers a bundle of money but found enough to pay transgender icon Janet Mock to guest edit their March issue, could it be the end of the government shutdown threat, and the Grammys.

Read about the PrideMedia mess here. 

If you want to help, tweet #OutOwes or RT Dawn’s tweet here. 

The latest on the shutdown talks is here. 

Here is the official, full list of who won what at The Grammy Awards. 

Apologies for some audio pops this week; this was one we had to do on the fly due to time constraints!

 

Trans Military Setback, Who Will Beat Trump? And We Debate Venezuela

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This week, Chardonnay Merlot and I bring you another two-part podcast as we discuss the Supreme Court decision to uphold President Trump’s ban on transgender troops, the government shutdown and efforts to avoid a second one in 2019, and the growing field of challengers in next year’s presidential election.

In part two, Chardonnay and I debate the crisis in Venezuela: https://soundcloud.com/user-159096493/before-the-war-ep11-part-two

If you’re interested in reading about Angela Davis: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/us/angela-davis-israel.html

For information about BDS:

https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2015/01/26/santa-cruz-jewish-community-responds-to-upcoming-angela-davis-talk/

 

 

 

Listen to Us Instead of Watching Trump

President Donald Trump plans to make his pitch to the nation Tuesday night to fund a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Or a fence. Or something. Whatever.

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The truth is: You don’t have to watch his Oval Office address. Listen to us instead!

Episode 8 of our podcast features our discussion of the government shutdown, Trump’s border wall nonsense, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Rashida Tlaib and the Golden Globe Awards! And if it’s any consolation, Chardonnay Merlot promises she’ll watch Trump so you don’t have to!

Here are links mentioned in this week’s podcast episode:

More Americans oppose the construction of a wall, according to the latest poll. 

Here are 6 Things You Need To Know about the president’s lies about the need for a border wall.

New York City Congressswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doubles-down on her statement that President Trump is a racist. 

Rep. Rashida Tlaib apologizes — sorta — for calling Trump a “motherfucker.” 

Looking for the app to help transgender people find a bathroom where they can “Pee In Peace?” It’s right here! 

Out Staff Writer Mathew Rodriguez attended the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night and shared his thoughts on the top top winners: Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book. 

And as promised, here’s Cosmopolitan with a look at how the stars of Pose won the red carpet!

We’ll be back next week with a new podcast! Thanks for listening and sharing!