This week in Episode 19: Chardonnay Merlot and Dawn Ennis discuss the transgender military ban going into effect, the arrest of Julian Assange sheds new light on the imprisonment of Chelsea Manning, the 19 Democrats and 2 Republicans running for president and a strike impacting 30-thousand union workers at supermarkets throughout New England.
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.
Incidentally, while recording this podcast, Dawn didn’t notice McKinnon tweeted that she was upsetafter 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.
This 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.
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.
This week Chardonnay and Dawn discuss transgender inclusion in sports, particularly at the high school and college student level, as well as the Oscar winners and Chardonnay’s return to the stage for this year’s Vagina Monologues at the University of Hartford.
Links we’ve mentioned and photos can be found by scrolling down below the podcast!
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 Check — here.
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.
Chardonnay referred to her tweet about transition. Read it here:
All I know is 1. I had to do a lot work on myself BEFORE I moved ahead and I did it. 2. I’ve been on HRT for 10 months and I love the effects it’s had on me across the board and 3. I know my life better than any naysayer does 🙂
Part two continues our discussion of that controversial essay by Andrea Long Chu and then we debate pizza toppings! Chardonnay advocates for pineapple and Chicago-style pizza, and Dawn is a plain cheese pizza girl, for life. What’s your preference?