Platteville (Wisc.); Nashville (Tenn.)
Gordon, an assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Platteville, discusses his experiences with LGBTQ life, spaces, and groups in West Tennessee and North Mississippi. Gordon grew up in Jackson, Tennessee, went to undergraduate at the University of Tennessee at Martin, and received an M.A. and Ph. D. from the University of Mississippi. He provides an overview of various social clubs and their activities, a few political activist groups, and LGBTQ bars and clubs or LGBTQ-friendly bars and clubs in Jackson, Memphis, Nashville, and Oxford. Gordon discusses some major events in his teenage years, including coming out to his family, friends, and others. He shares stories about finding gay spaces and communities in his hometown and other places that he has lived. In addition to his own coming out stories, he compares his story to those of his friends. He details the importance of the bars, clubs, and house parties that provide a foundation for LGBTQ community and how those scenes have shifted through the years. He also discusses influential mentors and experiences, including friends, professors, and colleagues. Gordon discusses the differences between gay life and community in various locations and compares the atmosphere in Jackson to that of Oxford and Oxford to the rest of Mississippi.
Gordon, Pip and Campbell, Ellie, "Gordon, Pip" (2018). Queer Mississippi Oral History Project. 32.