Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont talked with Dawn about celebrating Pride, the rights of trans student-athletes, responding to COVID-19, securing reproductive rights, responding to gun violence and combating rising inflation and gas prices.
WHCI and an episode of Rise Up With Dawn Ennis were awarded First Place in the category of Diversity Empowerment by the Northeast Region of the Alliance for Community Media, for Dawn's interview with community leader Kamora Herrington
The organizers of NYC Pride honored Dawn by naming her a community hero and inviting her to its 2018 Pride March to ride the lead float alongside Parkland High School's Emma González, Activist Kira Naadira and Two Spirit performer Ty Defoe, among others.
June 2023: RiseUP With Pride!
Starting with the Pride Flag raising at 6 p.m. on June 1 on Unity Green in Town Center, and culminating in the Pride Festival in Blue Black Square from noon until 6 p.m. on June 25, there is much to see and do in West Hartford this Pride Month! Check out all the events, learn how to to become a sponsor or to volunteer, by clicking right here! Check 'em out on Facebook by clicking here and you can always email co-chairs Johanna Schubert and Barry Walters at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find information about Pride events on the shoreline by clicking here!
The TCC is Fairfield County’s leading provider of programming and resources to nurture growth and connection within the LGBTQ community, and offers services statewide. Click on the links to find out about Pride In the Park on June 11, Pride Parade of Sail on June 18, and more! Plus be sure to enter the TCC's Pride in the Park contest for a chance to win a special prize!
You are invited to an unforgettable evening! On September 17, the inaugural Connecticut VOICE Honors will take place at Foxwoods Resort Casino. This gala evening has been designed to pay tribute to the individuals, organizations and companies whose commitment to inclusion, diversity and advocacy for our LGBTQ+ communities has established Connecticut as a leader in the United States as one of the most positive and affirming places to live and work for the amazing and diverse people who identify as LGBTQ+. Find out how to attend by clicking here, and click here to nominate one of the honorees1
Connecticut VOICE is the state's premier LGBTQ+ Quarterly Magazine. In 2019, Seasons Magazines, published by Jim Tully, added Connecticut VOICE magazine, the exclusive magazine for the LGBTQ+ community in Connecticut. Check out the online site and sign up for a subscription by clicking here!
CT Voice OutLoud, hosted by TV News veteran Pat Lore, takes stories from our magazine and brings them to viewers on WTNH News8, serving New Haven, Hartford and most cities throughout Connecticut. Correspondents provide more in-depth coverage of LGBTQ+ people and their impact on the community. Click here to view our episodes, which appear on consecutive Saturday nights at 11:35 p.m. on Channel 8 in the months of June, October, December and March.
Audacious with Chion Wolf highlights the uncommon experiences of everyday people – asking questions that get right to the heart of things. Click here to visit the website for Chion Wolf's award-winning radio program, airing Saturdays at 10 A.M. and Wednesdays at 11 P.M. There's also the Audacious podcast, available wherever you get your podcasts!
The Gracie Awards recognize exemplary programming created by women, for women and about women in all facets of media and entertainment. They also acknowledge the individuals who have made inspirational contributions to the industry. Chion Wolf has won two! Click here to learn more.
GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, announced recipients for 16 of this year’s 30 categories for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. Click here to read about the awards.
Among the winners, RiseUP host and Los Angeles Blade Sports Editor Dawn Ennis. She won in the category of Outstanding Online Journalism Article: “‘No Time For Intolerance:’ Dr. Rachel Levine Has A Job To Do,” written for Forbes. Click here to read about Dawn's win. Click here to read the article that won the award.
The Northeast Region of the Alliance for Community Media present awards in several categories each year. RiseUP was nominated in the Northeast Region. The Virtual Nor'easter Awards ceremony was held in January. Click here to see the list of winners.
West Hartford Community Interactive and an episode of Rise Up With Dawn Ennis, in which Dawn interviewed the incredible Kamora Herrington were presented with the award for First Place in the category of Diversity Empowerment. Click here to watch that award-winning episode.
Click here to watch my interview with WHDTC Vice Chair Tiffani McGinnis
Click this link to find out more about the West Hartford Democratic Town Committee.
Click here to read a report in WeHa.com about her resignation
Click here to watch my 2019 interview with Beth Kerrigan
October 2008: Beth Kerrigan and her wife Jody Mock make history
Click here to read Meet Leon Davidoff in WeHa.com
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."
A Connecticut Party Announces Candidate for Board of Ed
No surprise: Ross Jacobs is another white, cisgender heterosexual guy. Click here to read the story from WeHa.com
Find out more about A Connecticut Party by visiting their website
Read the WeHa.com report about A Connecticut Party
Read the Courant report about A Connecticut Party
Visit the Facebook page of A Connecticut Party
Visit Lee Gold's Facebook page
Email Mark Merritt, Campaign Manager for A Connecticut Party
West Hartford Republicans website and Facebook page
West Hartford Democrats website and Facebook page
Watch the June 2021 Episode by clicking here!
Connect with West Hartford Pride by clicking here
Watch the January 2021 episode here:
It’s Unacceptable to be Unprepared for Severe Weather in the 2020sPrisons and Parties Drive Connecticut’s Coronavirus Case NumbersAn Open Letter to all the States on the Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine ListAbsentee Ballots Provide Many Opportunities for Connecticut to Succeed – or FailMake the Call Now: A Full School Reopening Is UnsafeLimiting Qualified Immunity for Police is Necessary for ReformConnecticut Holds the LineIf 2019 Is Any Indication, Bipartisan Police Reform May Be Possible In ConnecticutConnecticut Holds its Breath as Recovery SlowsMaybe White America Is Finally Waking UpCOVID-19 Isn’t Over YetConnecticut Models How It Should Have Gone for the Rest of the Nation
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!
1023 Albany Ave, Hartford, CT 06112
Click here for the website
December 2019: Click here to watch!
Read about the West Hartford Democratic Town Committee
My article in The Daily Beast
West Hartford Election Results
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 introduced 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, during 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 me at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”
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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