They’re Changing The Game

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From left to right: Terry Miller, Andraya Yearwood and our own Chardonnay Merlot

Welcome to your guide to podcast Episode 21, which Dawn Ennis and Chardonnay Merlot recorded on Saturday, April 27, as they returned to Connecticut from Lower Manhattan.

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They had just attended a question and answer panel moderated by espnW award-winning journalist, Katie Barnes.

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The Q&A featured Sarah Rose Huckman

 

 

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Terry Miller

 

 

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Andraya Yearwood

 

 

 

And Mack Beggs, who is the primary focus of “Changing The Game,” a new documentary also featuring Yearwood and Huckman.

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From left to right: espnW’s Katie Barnes, Sarah Rose Huckman, Andraya Yearwood, Terry Miller, and Mack Beggs

These four engaging young people have something obvious in common: they were until recently all teenagers (Mack turned 20 on April 6).

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From left to right: Sarah Rose Huckman, Andraya Yearwood, Terry Miller and Mack Beggs

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.

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Oh! We almost forgot. And they’re all transgender!

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From left to right: Mack Beggs, Andraya Yearwood, Sarah Rose Huckman and Terry Miller

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.

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Terry Miller (left) and Dawn Ennis
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Mack Beggs and Chardonnay Merlot

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!

Thanks as always for listening! Scroll down for info on how to connect with us on social media.

We have much more to share with you!

Below, here’s most of the Q&A Chardonnay and Dawn attended, in four parts.

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We’re thrilled to tell you that Andraya Yearwood will be speaking at Outsports Pride in Los Angeles as part of a panel featuring two other transgender athletes, moderated by Dawn.  Also appearing: Athena Del Rosario and Chloe Psyche Anderson.  More info at outsportspride.com

You can read more about Mack Beggs at Outsports.com 

Click here to watch the trailer for the documentary “Changing the Game.”

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.

 

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Clare Tucker, Michael Barnett, Andraya Yearwood, Terri Miller, Sarah Rose Huckman, Alex Schmider and Mack Beggs

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. 

The film’s Facebook page is here. 

GLAAD teamed up with GLSEN for another interview with the athletes, recorded the day before the Q&A with Chardonnay and Dawn. You can watch it below:

IMG_6519Learn more about the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition and its annual Transgender Lives “Intersection of Health and Law Conference “ held annually at UConn in Farmington, Connecticut, by clicking here. 

Rev. Aaron Miller’s church in Hartford, the Metropolitan Community Church, can be found here. 

Connecticut Voice Magazine is a new publication dedicated to and written by and for Connecticut’s LGBTQ community, the first of its kind in the Nutmeg State. Click here to learn more and subscribe! 

 

On a personal note: Sorry it’s taken so long to bring you this, and that we’ve been away. Life is what happens when you make other plans!

We’ll be back soon with a new podcast. Tweet us at @TweetBTWP,  as always, you can leave a comment here on our blog. Thanks!

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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!

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!

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.

The State of Our Transness

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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 Checkhere.

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.

 

Our Picks for the Oscars, DC Theatrics, and AOC

oscartrumppelosiaocMy apologies! This week’s podcast is a day and a half late due to my need to focus on my new job as an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford.

Chardonnay Merlot and I recorded this Tuesday morning shortly after the Oscar nominations were announced. Here’s a link to the full list of nominated films and here’s a link to LGBTQ connections to the nominations.

We also discussed the ongoing federal government shutdown. Get the latest here. 

And read more about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s support for transgender children by clicking here and here. 

We’ll be back next week!

Binging on Burgers, Border Walls, Blatant Racism, Toxic Masculinity and The #10YearChallenge

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Get the latest on the partial government shutdown here. 

Find out about the controversy over what The White House served Clemson football stars: fast food. 

Here’s what got Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in trouble this time, and here’s what he’s said in the past that somehow didn’t get him in any trouble.

The wimps at The Federalist offer their perspective on a #MeToo message from a razor blade manufacturer that calls out toxic masculinity. Our view? If this ad bothers you, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM. Mathew Rodriguez writes  about the Gillette ad in Out Magazine. Be sure to watch the whole video on YouTube and if you like it, click the thumbs-up button!

Get in on the #10YearChallenge here, or just scroll past if it upsets you! Is this part of a Silicon Valley plot? Read this! My own contributions are below the podcast link.,

And here are my submissions for the #10YearChallenge.