The [REDACTED] Mueller Report

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Chardonnay Merlot and Dawn Ennis return with a special Redacted Mueller Report edition recorded at Bruegger’s Bagels on South Main Street in West Hartford, Conn.

We discuss what we’ve learned in the early hours since the release of the redacted version of the Mueller Report, plus we discuss the existence of LGBTQ Republicans and conservatives, an anti-Chick-fil-A protest, and the emerging big issues of the 2020 campaign.

Read the full report yourself by clicking this link. 

Later this afternoon we’ll share more links and other information below the link to our SoundCloud podcast. 

If you’d like to read my story about the Cincinnati Chick-fil-A protest, click here.

How many out LGBTQ Republicans won their races in the last election cycle? Three. Read my story for Into by clicking here.

Read about the difficulties faced by LGBTQ conservatives in this story from The New York Times. 

And if you’re an LGBTQ Republican, you will find likeminded people in a group that calls itself the Log Cabin Republicans. You can read about them at their website, and we recommend you get another perspective of them, with which we happen to agree, by clicking here. 

We’ll see you next week!

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Dance, TDOV, Politics and Brexit

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We’re back after Spring Break with a new episode, #18, featuring a very personal and critically-lauded emotional interpretive dance by Chardonnay, Dawn’s coverage of International Transgender Day of Visibility for Outsports, and we cover a range of topics from the Barr Report about the Mueller Report, Mayor Pete of South Bend, Indiana (he’s the out gay man running for president) and Brexit.

You’ll find links to issues and topics we discussed, after the episode! Just scroll down.

Here are some photos from Chardonnay’s “Trans Body: An Exploration” performance at the New Haven Pride Center on Saturday, along with her Facebook post.

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Saturday was Trans Body: An Exploration of embodied history and corporeality through dance

It was beautiful to help build it, and it was an experience that will cherish forever!

I loved that people showed up. I loved building a connection with those who attended. I was overwhelmed with the tears of some afterward who took a minute to see and hear what I and Kellie Ann Lynch, a excellent choreographer, put together (THANKS KELLIE!!!!!)

I’m still processing telling my story and using my body to do it in ways I didn’t think I could. I’m still processing my tears afterward…and my tears now.

I’m still processing seeing someone come up to me afterward…in tears like me, giving me a hug and telling me how moved they were.

A person who is like me, trying to learn themselves, striving to love themselves.

Trans like me. Searching like me. Just trying to live like me.

To all those who are on this ride with me. Just know that I love you all, respect you all, and you have enriched my life.

I know that at times some of you will think, “You always say that.” Yeah, I may say that a lot….BUT KNOW THAT I MEAN EVERY WORD OF IT!

I’ve always believed, and always will believe, that we must let people know what they mean to us when they are still among us to hear it, see it and feel it. The worst regret to me is standing over someone casket thinking, “I wish I could have told them how much they meant to me when they were alive.”

Today is Trans Day of Visibility. Let’s make it a goal today to make our gratitude, love, and friendship for each other as visible as our physical presence.

Today, go up to someone who may not know that you see you them and say, “I see you, friend.”

Go up to someone who may not know that you notice what they do and how it inspires you and say, “I see your example, and it pushes me to do better.”

Go up to someone who may not know that you are seeing their struggle and say, “I see you fighting, and I have your back.”

Go up to someone who may not know that you see their allyship and say, “I see you. Keep doing the work.”

Go up to someone who may need some kindness, and be kind to our fellow trans person.

WE’RE ALL WE GOT. WE’RE ALL WE NEED!!!!!!

 

Read about the Transgender Day of Visibility here and here’s my own article on Outsports. 

Incidentally, reports in conservative media that trans flags replaced POW flags outside the Capitol Hill offices of Democrats is bullshit. Here’s the proof:

I’m not going to provide links and give these assholes clicks. You can Google “trans POW flag” and see for yourself if you’re interested.

Here’s the latest on the Mueller Report, which is being prepared for release by Attorney General and President Trump’s Chief Cover-Upper Bill Barr.

Also this week, we discuss the future for Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, potential 2020 presidential candidate. Need help pronouncing his last name? Click here. I just call him “Mayor Pete,” as do a lot of people. Here’s an article on his strategy (take down Pence as well as Trump), and here’s the one thing he said he cannot live without. 

Brexit is a bloody mess. Read all about it here.

We plan to return next week. Thanks for listening and reading!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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!