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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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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