Rape Study, Ryan Russell, Angelica Ross, Cokie Roberts and A Room Full of Lesbians

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Roxane Gay, left, and Debbie Millman, at the Lesbians Who Tech Summit in NYC on Thursday, Sept, 12, 2019. Photo by Melody Maia Monet

This, our 29th episode, is the next to last edition of “Before The War” before we mothball the franchise and move our podcast to the Outsports SB Nation platform in October!

The topics Karleigh and Dawn discuss this week include the new study on how many women’s first sexual experience is with a rapist, the return of Brett Kavanaugh to the news cycle, Ryan Russell’s inability to make the cut as an NFL free agent since coming out, Angelica Ross’s role in an LGBTQ presidential politics forum, Cokie Roberts’ passing and Dawn’s coverage of the Lesbians Who Tech Summit in New York City. Plus, find out about the new podcast coming to the SB Nation platform in conjunction with Outsports: The Trans Sporter Room!

You’ll find links to all the stories mentioned below the podcast link!

 

One in 16 women say their first sexual partner was a man who raped them. Stunning details here.

It’s a month since Ryan Russell came out as bisexual and still no takers in the NFL.

SB Nation has a roundup of injured quarterbacks. Colin Kaepernick would like that job very much, thank you.  

Angelica Ross will host the next presidential forum, a discussion of LGBTQ issues. She’s the first transgender woman to do so. Details here, from Out Magazine.

Karleigh will have a story about trans wrestler Mack Beggs on Outsports this week. Until then, read all about him and other transgender athletes in this story she co-wrote with Outsports co-founder Cyd Zeigler.

Dawn’s coverage of the Lesbians Who Tech Summit in New York City for Forbes.com is here.

And here’s a look back at the life and career of Cokie Roberts. Rest in Peace, Cokie!

When we transition to our new podcast The Trans Sporter Room next month, you’ll hear more coverage of trans issues, sports and science fiction. This week and last, moviegoers were treated to the original theatrical release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture from 1979, in advance of its 40th anniversary. Read all about it here. 

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

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This week, Dawn and Karleigh explore the NFL, Gaelic football, Althea Gibson, U.S. Open Tennis, transgender lives, fighting hurricanes with nuclear weapons, and Karleigh’s trophy-winning softball team!

Links below.

Read all about Karleigh’s softball team here.

Dawn’s Andrew Luck op-ed in Outsports is here.

Karleigh’s report on Althea Gibson in Outsports is here. 

Read about President Trump’s “thoughts” to stop hurricanes by clicking here.

Dawn’s report in Outsports on Gaelic soccer and homophobia — and how two gay women players found acceptance — is here.

We’re still seeking suggestions for our new podcast on the Outsports platform that’s just weeks away! Add your ideas in the comments, tweet at us @TweetBTWP or visit our Facebook page! 

See you next time!

 

 

Politics, Sports, and Out Trans Athletes

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Karleigh and Dawn are back with another podcast episode, number 26, and this week they’re talking presidential politics, sports and out transgender athletes.

Links to the topics we discussed are below after the link to SoundCloud. And if you have ideas on where we should take our podcast next, when we move to the Outsports platform this fall, let us know!

Here’s the Washington Post op-ed that revealed that the Log Cabin Republicans are endorsing President Donald Trump for re-election. And here’s a follow-up story about Jennifer Horn, a woman who quit the LCR over that endorsement.

Here’s how Dawn‘s friends at The Advocate and The Daily Beast covered the endorsement. And as they mentioned, here’s the Washington Examiner‘s… um, “different” take.

As for the Democrats running for office, former Vice President Joe Biden opened up a double-digit lead over his leading opponents. Read all about it here from CNN. 

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.

 

 

We’re movin’ on up!

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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!

Dawn‘s story for The Advocate about the Pride Flight is here. 

Read about Aimee Stephens‘ fight as her lawyers prepare to challenge her former employer at the U.S. Supreme Court in October by clicking here. Dawn was the first journalist to interview Aimee in 2016.

For updates on her case, follow Chase Strangio of the ACLU on Twitter. 

Dawn‘s report on the Trump Administration’s efforts to rollback transgender healthcare protections is here.

Karleigh’s collaboration with Outsports cofounder Cyd Zeigler on the documentary film starring transgender teen athletes is here, as is her story about support for the two young trans women of color in Connecticut whose rights to compete may be in jeopardy.

Dawn covered the court victory for trans man Gavin Grimm for Forbes.com

Here’s a report on the Equinox Boycott which could spell disaster for the gym chain as well as Soul Cycle. 

Why did Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury WNBA team get ejected along with 5 other players? Read about that here in Outsports, and read Daniel Villarreal‘s followup about the suspensions that followed, by clicking here.

Dawn and Karleigh would love to meet you at one of the Pride marches scheduled to take place in Connecticut in the weeks to come, or perhaps in Washington, D.C. at the Transgender March for Visibility. Details on that can be found by clicking here. 

And add your ideas for what kind of podcast we should do next, by sending us a tweet, write to us on Facebook or add your ideas in the comments here! Thanks for listening, and we’ll be back next week!

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!

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.

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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!

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!