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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We have much more to share with you!
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.
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.
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.
I sit right now in tears…I’m proud of myself.
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.
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.
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.
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.