Former Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy talked with Dawn about his legacy. Also, transgender activist Sarah McBride joined Dawn to discuss her memoir, "Tomorrow Will Be Different."
Connecticut Voice is the first and only publication dedicated to cover the state's vibrant LGBTQ community. Find out what's inside and what's to come.
Meet the publisher and CT Voice podcaster Chion Wolf.
Dawn was honored by the organizers of the 2018 NYC Pride March to ride the lead float as a community hero.
She stood alongside Emma González, Kira Naadira and Two Spirit performer Ty Defoe, among others.
October 2021: Meet the Democrats!
Click here to watch my interviews with some of the Democratic candidates running for Town Council and the Board of Education on Row A.
Click here to read the profiles of all the Democratic candidates running for Town Council and the Board of Education on Row A, and learn about their fundraising events.
The West Hartford Republican candidates for Town Council and the Board of Education have yet to respond to an invitation to appear on RiseUP.
Click here to visit their website to learn about them, their platform and details about their upcoming and past fundraising events.
Find out more by visiting the site for the Connecticut Republicans here.
Libertarian Candidate David de Haas was kind enough to talk with me via Zoom last month. While there was insufficient time in this month's episode to include our interview, you can watch our full, unedited conversation right here!
Click here to watch my interview with Town Councilor Liam Sweeney, who's running for re-election on Row A with his fellow Democrats.
Click here to read WeHa.com coverage of the mask mandate in the Town of West Hartford.
"I did have children in the public school system: Hannah graduated from hall; Ben went to hall through sophomore year and Adam went through 8th grade at KP. As parents, we need to provide the best for our kids and sometimes they need to have a different environment to excel."
No surprise: Ross Jacobs is another white, cisgender heterosexual guy.
Click here to read the story from WeHa.com
Watch the June Episode by clicking here!
Connect with West Hartford Pride by clicking here
Are your customers raving about you on social media? Share their great stories to help turn potential customers into loyal ones.
June 2020: Click here to watch!
Mia Macy: Miamacy@me.com
Lambda Legal: Glenn v.Bumby
March 2020: Click here to watch!
Coverage of Trans Athletes by Dawn and Karleigh
Follow Chris Mosier
Read about Karleigh's friendship with CeCé Telfer
Listen to Dawn and Karleigh's podcast
January/February 2020: Click here to watch!
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December 2019: Click here to watch!
Read about the West Hartford Democratic Town Committee
My article in The Daily Beast
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Janée Woods Weber
November 2019: Click here to watch!
My article in The Daily Beast
GHIAA is a deliberate effort to cross lines of race, class, religion and geography to build relational power to address social justice issues in local communities and beyond, while helping our congregations come alive.
Read more in the Hartford Courant
October 2019: Click here to watch!
In this episode I imarchntroduced viewers to Karleigh Chardonnay Webb, my podcast partner and a contributor to Outsports. In addition to being a journalist, Karleigh is an advocate, an athlete and works for the Trans LifeLine, which provides counseling and support to struggling members of the transgender community.
Karleigh interviewed trans wrestler Mack Beggs: Read her article in Outsports.
Listen to our Podcast along with all the Outsports podcasts by clicking here.
Follow Karleigh on Social Media:
Read about the transgender teen athletes Karleigh advises:
Get advice on Changing Legal Documents for Trans Americans from Lambda Legal
Watch episodes of Pose via FX
September 2019: Click here to watch!
My guest was Deputy Mayor Beth Kerrigan of West Hartford, Connecticut. Kerrigan is one of the members of the West Hartford Town Council seeking re-election next month.
Get information about registering to vote in West Hartford by clicking here.
If you're interested in the Democratic Party, click here.
The town's Republicans have a website, too, right here.
Kerrigan's insurance business is listed on the West Hartford Chamber of Commerce site.
Fighting for Transgender Americans' Right to Healthcare:
Read my report from Forbes by clicking here.
Contact the Connecticut Healthcare Advocate by clicking here.
Find out about the organizers by clicking on the group's name:
Rep. John Larson
Read coverage of the August 6 public forum in WeHa by clicking here.
Contact the congressman by clicking here.
Click here to read the Hartford Courant's latest report, detailing the battle over a plan to charge drivers traveling Connecticut's highways.
The Pride Flight
You can read my report in The Advocate Magazine about Virgin Atlantic's Pride Flight by clicking here. And we have another story about the English family that accidentally booked tickets on "The Gay Plane." Read all about it by clicking here.
May/June 2019: Click here to watch!
West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor joins me to discuss an election this fall that could mean big changes for our town, the coming weekend fair known as Celebrate! West Hartford, and issues that matter to area drivers: road construction, speed traps, and highway tolls. Plus the latest on how our town's paramedics were saved from being eliminated.
Find out answers to questions about voting here.
West Hartford voter information is here. Or go to Room 209 in Town Hall, duringhttps://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-connecticut-votes-on-tolls-20190317-dbbb2pqjafayjnjrspy5j6llz4-story.html these hours:
Monday 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Here's where to go to register to vote: Connecticut Online Voter Registration System. Or call (860) 561-7450.
If you would like information about Celebrate! West Hartford, click here. Note: It's held on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2.
Did you know there's an online guide to road construction in West Hartford? Click here!
Find out about the Park Road Interstate 84 ramp project here.
The controversial proposal to bring tolls back to Connecticut is on the ropes. One lawmaker said it's unlikely to go to a vote this legislative session. But Governor Ned Lamont is refusing to give up. Another report said if they pass, we won't see them on CT highways until 2023. But they might not collect tolls for seven years! Read about it here in the Hartford Courant.
So how much will a new toll system cost drivers? The CT Post has answers here.
April 2019: Click here to watch!
Find out about the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding and its Honest Conversations with Muslim Neighbors sessions: Tuesday, April 2 at Trinity College and Sunday, April 7 at Universalist Unitarian Church on Fern Road in West Hartford. Plus more!
New Zealand is not waiting for 'thoughts and prayers' to remove the threat of gun violence in the wake of the mosque massacres. New legislation to control guns is already being prepared for a vote, and Australia's gun lobby is actually in support of the measure, Read all about it here.
Learn more about the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut here. There is a well-prepared and friendly speakers bureau that can help your school, business, community group or media outlet better understand those who follow the Islamic faith. Click here.
Read my article in Connecticut Voice Magazine about transgender men, which includes Tony's story here.
Are you a transgender person in crisis? GLAAD provides resources just for you here.
And if you're a member of the media and want to use all the right words, check out GLAAD's Media Resource Guide. Don't say "transgendered," "tranny" or "transvestite."
March 2019: Click here to watch!
Follow the dancer, DJ and just overall amazing man gracing Connecticut Voice's cover, James Whiteside, on Instagram by clicking here.
Click here to learn more about Seasons Magazines.
You can find out more about the Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce here.
Here's a link to The Mouth-Off With Chion Wolf at The Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT.
For more info about Chion Wolf's Asking For A Friend shows at Sea Tea Improv in Hartford, click here.
Here's more about CT Gov. Ned Lamont's plans for the DMV.
If you'd like more information about any of these topics or RiseUP With Dawn Ennis, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
February 2019: Click here to watch!
Find out more about Rep. Derek Slap here.
December 2018/January 2019: Click here to watch!
To know more about Mary Fay, you can go to her campaign’s Facebook page here.
And you can find out more about our representative government here in West Hartford, Connecticut, by clicking here.
I myself am an alternate representative to the town Democratic committee, representing District 1.
One of the issues we discussed were tolls coming to Connecticut, and although Ms. Fay told me I was wrong, you can read for yourself that a study shows they will bring $1B to our financially-strapped state. Here’s the report in the Hartford Courant.
And if you’d like to communicate with the woman who beat Ms. Fay for the 18th Legislative district seat, you’ll find Jillian Gilchrest on Twitter.
Incidentally, I’ve learned Jillian still has not received a promised call from Ms. Fay conceding the election.
Here’s the link I promised you about Connecticut Voice Magazine! Launch is set for March 2019!
Watch the entire episode of Ready Set Pet here: https://www.facebook.com/readysetpetshow/videos/1964981136949953/
Check out the Connecticut Humane Society for more pets available for adoption!
If you’re interested in West Hartford Town politics, learn more by clicking here.
Find out more about Tony Ferraiolo at this link.
If you are a victim of sexual assault, you are not alone. Now more than ever, victims like us are coming forward to share our stories. Help is available, too. Call 800-656-HOPE or go to the website for the National Sexual Assault Hotline by clicking here. You can chat online with someone there, too. My own story is here.
Here’s the link to Former State Senator Bye’s website. Election Day is November 6th and West Hartford Democrats are eager to help if you need an absentee ballot, a ride to the polls, or if you’re looking to volunteer. They’re also happy to plant a yard sign on your lawn. Get in touch with them here or email the party at email@example.com
You can read about Bye’s GOP opponent, Phil Chabot, on his website here.
If you’d like to read about Lamont’s opponents, click on these links to the websites of Bob Stefanowski and Oz Griebel. Are Stefanowski’s pledges to cut taxes a false promise? Read what the Connecticut Mirror reported.
So you want to tell your story? For 13 of our 15 episodes so far, I’ve been blessed to have friends, acquaintances and social media superstars join me as “special correspondents.”
If you are not already one of the many wonderful friends and strangers who have generously supported our children’s education fund, I hope you will consider making a contribution. All the money, every penny, goes to our eldest son’s college fund and the bank account set aside to educate his younger brother and sister. You can do so by clicking here for the GoFundMe account or send a check, payable to “Ennis Family Scholarship Fund Trust” to Robert Lachs, 1729 E Prairie Ave., Wheaton, IL 60137.
The incident involving former member Marshall McPeek was first reported in a tweet by them’s Mary Emily O’Hara:
Marshall McPeek, shown on the left in the photo of the emcees. apologized and resigned his membership in the NLGJA.
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