This week, Karleigh and Dawn tackle the B side of the news: Bolton, Brexit, BET’s BlackGirlsRock controversy and battling loneliness.
John Bolton resigned Tuesday as President Trump’s National Security Advisor. Britain’s parliament was suspended Tuesday as the Brexit whirlwind spins the U.K. and the European Union into a frenzy, and actress and advocate Angelica Ross of FX’s “Pose” called out BET for excluding trans women of color from its Black Girls Rock program.
All those topics plus Dawn and Karleigh’s tips on how to combat loneliness, in this week’s podcast.
We talked so much about sports last week, we focused our entire episode on other things! Like… President Trump fired John Bolton on Tuesday. Read all about it here.
This week, Dawn and Karleigh explore the NFL, Gaelic football, Althea Gibson, U.S. Open Tennis, transgender lives, fighting hurricanes with nuclear weapons, and Karleigh’s trophy-winning softball team!
The story Dawn wrote about a transgender high school volleyball player in Maui can be read here. And when Karleigh writes her story about the British trans cricketer, we’ll share that link with you here.
Introduce yourself to newly out trans sportswriter Nicky Bandini by clicking here. And to read about other transgender journalists and the challenges they face, we recommend Lewis Raven Wallace‘s fine piece in Nieman Reports, which you’ll find here.
If you have suggestions on how Dawn and Karleigh should remold their podcast when it moves to the Outsports platform this fall, drop us a line in the comments, or send us a tweet or comment on our Facebook page, about that or anything! See y’all next time.
Karleigh and Dawn are back! And they need YOUR help to rebrand! They’re moving to new platforms as one part of a new series of podcasts from Outsports in the coming months. Tell them what you think should be the new theme, the new name and what topics you’d like to hear them explore when Before The War ends, and a new chapter begins!
This episode, their 25th, explores what they’ve been up to over the summer, as well as court battles for transgender equality and government clashes over trans health care, the Equinox boycott, Brittney Griner‘s suspension, and Dawn‘s historic Pride Flight aboard Virgin Atlantic.
Kareligh has completed her legal name change and all of her documentation now reflects her authentic gender identity and legal name! She joined the team at Outsports earlier this summer as a contributor, and Dawn — who is the team’s managing editor — has also been busy writing for Forbes, Seasons Magazine, Connecticut Voice Magazine, The Daily Beast and The Advocate.
Scroll down for links to the topics Dawn and Karleigh discussed on this week’s episode of Before The War!
And Mack Beggs, who is the primary focus of “Changing The Game,” a new documentary also featuring Yearwood and Huckman.
These four engaging young people have something obvious in common: they were until recently all teenagers (Mack turned 20 on April 6).
And they’re all athletes.
And they were accompanied by moms and grandmas and other supportive people in the audience along with the amazing folks from GLSEN, who hosted the Q&A.
Oh! We almost forgot. And they’re all transgender!
That is something the teens stressed over and over: being trans is not what they want to be known for. They want to be known for what they do, not how they identify or dress or style their hair. Being trans is just one facet of who these people are.
Chardonnay Merlot and Dawn Ennis — who we think you know, are themselves transgender women — had a front row seat for the Q&A. And following questions from Barnes, they were among the journalists — and one of the teens’ moms — who peppered the athletes with questions.
Below the link to our 21st podcast episode, you’ll find more photos and videos of the Q&A, as well as helpful links to things we discussed!
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Below, here’s most of the Q&A Chardonnay and Dawn attended, in four parts.
The movie made its debut at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival, and was directed by filmmaker Michael Barnett, produced by Clare Tucker and Alex Schmider. Alex is also the executive producer.
The screenplay was written by Barnett and Michael Mahaffie. Barnett and Turner Jumonville shared credit for cinematography.Chris Mosier, Jeffrey Pechter, Jeffrey Ellermeyer, Carlos Cusco, Emerson Machtus, Andrew Davies Gans, Allen Orr are also executive producers, and Russell Sanzgiri is a co-executive producer. The film was edited by the team of Michael Mahaffie and Amanda Griffin. Composer is Tyler Strickland and the associate producers are Jenn Roman and Jess Berry.
This week Chardonnay and Dawn discuss the president’s State of the Union address, the common transgender experience of being misgendered, and First Event, an annual conference held this past week in Massachusetts. Links can be found below.
Read the transcript of President Trump’s address — along with a Fact Check — here.
Find out about the transgender military guests invited to Capitol Hill here.
Read about this year’s FirstEvent and find out how you can take part in next year’s conference here.