Queer Mississippi (Complete Collection)

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Tupelo (Miss.)


In this interview, Linn Wotring discusses her life growing up as an out lesbian from her young teen years, marrying a man due to the wishes of her religious parents, and eventually divorcing her husband and moving with her lover and three young children to California. She then goes on to discuss meeting her now-wife in Michigan and moving to Tupelo. Wotring discusses the assassination of Harvey Milk; harassment and discrimination based on her identity; and her later work with Tupelo Pride and PFFLAG. Wotring also discusses building the Serenity House and being involved with Al-Anon. Wotring mentions her gay son and her feeling that he was gay even as a very young child. Finally, she talks about her gender identity, identifying as a man for much of her life, her use of hormone therapy to treat gender dysphoria, discontinuing that treatment due to health problems, and coming to terms with a non-binary gender identity. This interview was conducted as a part of the Queer Mississippi Oral History Project through a grant from the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi, in partnership with the Invisible Histories Project, in the summer of 2019.

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Additional files include: abstract, data sheet, field notes, audio file. Transcript is available on request.


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Wotring, Linn_Abstract.docx (13 kB)

Wotring, Linn_Data Sheet.docx (9 kB)
Data Sheet

Wotring, Linn_Fieldnotes.docx (13 kB)
Field Notes