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Trina Hogg Oral History Interview, March 12, 2019

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0:00 - Introduction

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Segment Synopsis: Trina introduces herself, self identifies as bisexual and uses she/her/hers pronouns.

Keywords: Bisexual

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0:49 - Childhood

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Partial Transcript: Discussions of sexuality or gender with family?

Segment Synopsis: Trina shares how she does not have any memories of discussing sexuality or gender with her family nor does she remember knowing people from the LGBTQ+ community aside from one person who was a director of a production she was in.

Keywords: Childhood; Family; Gender; Sexuality

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1:50 - High School

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Partial Transcript: Did going to an arts high school impact your perceptions of your sexuality?

Segment Synopsis: Trina discusses that when she was in high school in the early 1990's, none of her peers were out. Those of them with non-sexual identities, including herself, did not come out until after high school. She also discusses how she is not sure if she was aware of her sexual identity yet while in high school and did not have same sex relations until she was an adult.

Keywords: Bisexual; Coming Out; Queer; Sexuality

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4:18 - Higher Education

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Partial Transcript: Expectations of LGBTQ+ community and experiences in higher education?

Segment Synopsis: Trina explains that she did not connect her sexuality to the university experience. Personal life and academic life were not conflated. Even now that she does not intersect her personal identities to her work.

Keywords: Academia; Higher Education; Intersections; LGBTQ+

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8:09 - Involvement with LGBTQ+ community

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Partial Transcript: During your time teaching in Chicago and Corvallis, have you had interactions with students or colleagues that have made you reevaluate the presence of the LGBTQ+ community in these spaces?

Segment Synopsis: Trina discusses that while in Chicago she was more involved with the community and even participated in a discussion around policies about pronouns.
In Corvallis she has difficulty incorporating LGBTQ+ topics into the short ten week terms.

Keywords: Community; LGBTQ+; Teaching

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10:24 - African Studies

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Partial Transcript: In the field of African Studies, how are LGBTQ+ issues discussed and/or represented? Where would you start with this process?

Segment Synopsis: Trina shares that she feels there is a long way to go in representing the LGBTQ+ community in African Studies because in many of the African countries still categorize homosexuality as taboo or illegal.
To shift this lack of representation in higher education, she feels that open up opportunities to a wider variety of students will expand the literature as we hear from more voices that were excluded in the past and/or present.

Keywords: African Studies; Education; History; Representation

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13:20 - Living in Africa

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Partial Transcript: How was this experience different for you as a queer person over there?

Segment Synopsis: Trina shares that she does not really discuss her sexuality with anyone in the field; especially since homosexuality is still illegal in Sierra Leon.

Keywords: Queer; Safety; Sexuality

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14:51 - Queer in North America

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Partial Transcript: As a Queer person in North America, what are some of the biggest challenges you think the LGBTQ+ community faces here?

Segment Synopsis: Trina discusses how violence against trans people and trans people of color is still a huge problem that needs to be dealt with on a systemic level. Other issues she discusses are employment, discrimination, pronouns, name changes, adoption, and gender inclusive bathroom access.

Keywords: Discrimination; Employment; Equality; LGBTQ+; Pronouns; Transgender; Transgender People of Color

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17:23 - Corvallis

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Partial Transcript: Experience in Corvallis? On and off campus? Are you part of a queer community?

Segment Synopsis: Trina discusses how she feels welcome in the town of Corvallis and also at OSU. While she has been integrated in the community at OSU, there is still work to be done in creating more inclusive mentoring spaces for students.

Keywords: Community; Corvallis; LGBTQ+; OSU

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21:22 - Closing thoughts

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Partial Transcript: Anything that you would like to share or have not talked about yet?

Segment Synopsis: Trina shares that interview has allowed her to rethink about the extent to which she addresses LGBTQ+ issues in lecture and will consider putting more emphasis on these topics in the classroom. She also shares how access to new knowledge is empowering and creates empathy.

Keywords: Empathy; Empowerment; Knowledge; Teaching

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