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!

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Bolsonaro, Socialism, Shame and Transgender Inclusion

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This week, Chardonnay and Dawn discuss the controversial meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro; Chardonnay’s trip to protest American policy toward Venezuela; reaction here in Connecticut to the massacre at two New Zealand mosques, and President Trump’s inability to condemn white supremacy; “The Shame List” that names 150 colleges and universities which practice anti-LGBTQ discrimination; and a letter three British sports legends are sending the International Olympic Committee.

Photos from Chardonnay’s trip and links to topics we discussed are below the podcast.

Essential reading on Bolsonaro’s visit to the White House is at these sites: Politico, The Washington Postand ThinkProgressYou can also read about an investigation into one of Bolsonaro’s sons here. 

Here’s a link to an independent report on the weekend protests against U.S. policy toward Venezuela, and it includes video. And here are photos Chardonnay took:

 

 

Read about President Trump’s response to the New Zealand massacre here. 

Here’s a report from the Hartford Courant and one from the Connecticut Mirror about Sunday’s event at the Berlin Mosque, which is also home to the Islamic Association for Greater Hartford. Below, a video from CAIR Connecticut, via Facebook user Arig Wageeh Elhamouly.

I was in attendance (wearing green for St. Patrick’s Day), as you can see from the above video and this photo:

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Find out more about our Muslim neighbors by going to the website of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. 

This week, Dawn and Chardonnay gave a shoutout to two icons in the LGBTQ sports community, one relatively new and one who’s been making headlines ever since she won a world cycling championship.

Jaimi Salone of Stanford University is the first one getting a shout-out. Salone is a discus thrower, genderqueer and proud of it! Read all about her in Outsports!

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The other is Rachel McKinnon, a transgender woman athlete who won a Masters Track Cycling World Championship in the women’s 35-44 sprint event last year. She also briefly held the world record in the 200-meter sprint qualifying event, although it was broken by the final rider a mere 10 minutes later. She’s not just someone who has written for Outsports, among other media outletsbut she has a PhD. in philosophy and teaches at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and is also a fierce advocate online. Her paper, Including Trans Women Athletes in Competitive Sport: Analyzing the Science, Law and Principles and Policies of Fairness in Competition, is a must read. Follow her @rachelvmcinnon or find her at her website. 

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Incidentally, while recording this podcast, Dawn didn’t notice McKinnon tweeted that she was upset after seeing she was quoted in an article on Outsports, saying something she didn’t want to be quoted saying. Oops! This is why it’s always best practice to say “off the record,” or “don’t quote me on this” when speaking to a reporter. The back story is that McKinnon was asked in a DM conversation if she wanted to comment, said no, but then she wrote something else, which appeared to be a statement. It looked to Dawn as though McKinnon had changed her mind. It was our mistake, and Dawn deleted the comment at McKinnon’s request. Dawn regrets the misunderstanding and that McKinnon got upset. Read more about speaking to reporters in this excellent primer from Rethink Media. 

Dawn published two stories at Outsports.com on Tuesday: “The Shame List” compiled by Campus Pride to shine a light on 150 colleges and universities that practice anti-LGBTQ discrimination, and a letter three British sports legends are writing to the IOC about transgender inclusion in Olympic sports competition.

If you want to read the entire “Shame List,” click here. 

Read about the letter British sports icons Kelly Holmes, Paula Radcliffe and Sharron Davies are writing to the International Olympic Committee, click here.

To send your own message to the IOC, here’s the snail mail address, email and phone numbers:

Contact Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee by writing to:

Olympic Studies Centre

Villa du Centenaire

Quai d’Ouchy 1

1006 Lausanne

Switzerland

You can also call the IOC at 41 21 621 6611 or fax the IOC at 41 21 621 6718

Or email the IOC at studies.centre@olympic.org

Finally: Congratulations to Dawn’s daughter Sophie for getting inducted into the National Honor Society this week! Dawn is herself being honored by the NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists at their annual Headlines and Headliners fundraiser event in Manhattan.

We’ll be back next week!

Transgender Military Ban, Calling Trans Athletes “Cheaters,” Sharron Davies vs. Rachel McKinnon, and Chelsea Manning

 

BTWPThis week, we’re back after a week away with the latest on the transgender military ban, now set to go into effect April 12th, and a poll that says a large majority of British adults believe transgender athletes are “cheaters,” as Martina Navratilova said and then said she was sorry for using that word. We also discuss the twitter feud between Dr. Rachel McKinnon and former Olympian Sharron Davies, and the re-incarceration of Chelsea Manning. 

Links can be found below the soundcloud link.

To read the poll, click here to go to Outsports, and for more information about the poll, here’s a link to the survey company. 

To read the latest on the transgender military ban, now set to go into effect April 12th, click here.

To watch the award-winning documentary about trans military service, click here for more information,and you can find it on iTunes by clicking here. 

Get educated on the debate on trans inclusion in sports by following Dr. Rachel McKinnon on Twitter and reading the research she’s done on this topic by clicking here. 

If you dare, here’s a link to British coverage of McKinnon’s feud with former Olympian Sharron Davies.

To read more about why Chelsea Manning is back behind bars, click here. And here is how you can write to her:

We’ll be back next week with Chardonnay’s report on the protest she plans to attend in Washington, D.C., my report on my musical directing debut, and, (sigh) we’ll once again rehash the Venezuela debate.

Be well!

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!

 

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.