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.
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.
I sit right now in tears…I’m proud of myself.
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.
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 Dawn and Chardonnay discuss the transphobic screed by tennis icon Martina Navratilova, the silent but strong message sent by transgender ally and “Avengers” actor Don Cheadle, a disturbing “prank date” video aimed at reinforcing dangerous and erroneous tropes about trans women — that we are trying to trick straight men into gay sex — plus, Chardonnay gives us a preview of her upcoming Vagina Monologues event this weekend at the University of Hartford.
Our friend Timothy Rawles of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News interviewed Chardonnay and Dawn as well as legendary trans journalist Gwen Smith for this report on a disturbing video in which a straight man is set up on a blind date with a woman who turns out to be trans… only she’s not a woman, it’s a man in a very transphobic skit that has gone viral on the internet. Click here to read Timothy’s report and if you really want to watch that video, Google “The Read Dumbass World.”
Read about actor Don Cheadle’s awesome endorsement of transgender children here.
And click here to read all about the Vagina Monologues performance coming up this weekend at the University of Hartford, which features Chardonnay in the cast! The shows are February 22nd and 23rd at 7:30pm. All proceeds go to several women’s charities. Tickets will be sold at the door before the show in Hillyer 125, Auerbach Auditorium: $5 for students, $8 general admission.
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.