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!

 

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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.

 

Trans Military Setback, Who Will Beat Trump? And We Debate Venezuela

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This week, Chardonnay Merlot and I bring you another two-part podcast as we discuss the Supreme Court decision to uphold President Trump’s ban on transgender troops, the government shutdown and efforts to avoid a second one in 2019, and the growing field of challengers in next year’s presidential election.

In part two, Chardonnay and I debate the crisis in Venezuela: https://soundcloud.com/user-159096493/before-the-war-ep11-part-two

If you’re interested in reading about Angela Davis: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/us/angela-davis-israel.html

For information about BDS:

https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2015/01/26/santa-cruz-jewish-community-responds-to-upcoming-angela-davis-talk/

 

 

 

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!

Listen to Us Instead of Watching Trump

President Donald Trump plans to make his pitch to the nation Tuesday night to fund a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Or a fence. Or something. Whatever.

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The truth is: You don’t have to watch his Oval Office address. Listen to us instead!

Episode 8 of our podcast features our discussion of the government shutdown, Trump’s border wall nonsense, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Rashida Tlaib and the Golden Globe Awards! And if it’s any consolation, Chardonnay Merlot promises she’ll watch Trump so you don’t have to!

Here are links mentioned in this week’s podcast episode:

More Americans oppose the construction of a wall, according to the latest poll. 

Here are 6 Things You Need To Know about the president’s lies about the need for a border wall.

New York City Congressswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doubles-down on her statement that President Trump is a racist. 

Rep. Rashida Tlaib apologizes — sorta — for calling Trump a “motherfucker.” 

Looking for the app to help transgender people find a bathroom where they can “Pee In Peace?” It’s right here! 

Out Staff Writer Mathew Rodriguez attended the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night and shared his thoughts on the top top winners: Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book. 

And as promised, here’s Cosmopolitan with a look at how the stars of Pose won the red carpet!

We’ll be back next week with a new podcast! Thanks for listening and sharing!

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?