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.

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.

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!

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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.

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.

Happy New Year! Talking Shutdown, Socialism and the Movie ‘Girl’

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For your New Year’s listening pleasure, Chardonnay Merlot and I are pleased to provide another two-part podcast.

We cover the government shutdown, our thoughts on the controversial film Girl coming to Netflix in January, we make predictions for 2019 and we debate about racism within socialism.

Look for relevant links below the podcast link via Soundcloud!

 

Click here for the latest on the government shutdown.

Read my exclusive interview with Girl director Lukas Dhont here. 

Here’s an article in which Dhont claims being called “cis” is offensive.

And here is a report compiling both critical reviews and an op-ed from the real life trans woman whose experiences inspired the film.

Our debate on Socialism was sparked by this article. 

It continues in Part Two of our New Year’s podcast along with my predictions for 2019.

What’s the difference between “Democratic Socialism” and “Socialism?” Click here  to read what Professor of Economics John Haltiwanger of the University of Maryland has to say about that.

What are your predictions for 2019? We’ve made ours, share yours here!

You can follow Before The War Podcast on Twitter here and we invite you to follow Chardonnay and Dawn Ennis as well! Happy New Year! 

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Death Does Not Excuse George H.W. Bush

This week we discuss the record of the late 41st president, George H.W. Bush.

We also talked about my essay about transgender surgery and the division exhibited following a controversial op-ed in The New York Times.

And then we discussed another incendiary article about nonbinary people and one writer’s claim that their existence erases women.

Plus don’t forget to vote your favorite pizza toppings! Chardonnay advocates for pineapple and Chicago-style pizza, and Dawn is a plain cheese pizza girl, for life. What’s your preference?