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LGBTQ+ Voices: Interview with Dominique Morgan

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00:00:00 - Introduction 00:00:32 - Birthplace and childhood community (Omaha, NE)

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Segment Synopsis: 0:32: North Omaha, Nebraska; 1:54: Realizing he was poor, didn't have what other kids did

00:03:25 - Family relationships

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Segment Synopsis: 3:25: Fear of father, strained relationship; 3:51: How parents met, their background; 4:32: Pressure on father to be everything to his family; 5:56: Mother's positive attributes, idealization of her; 7:26: Mother leaving without explanation; 8:58: Great grandfather and political activist Andy Wright; 10:25: Mother's cocaine addiction, personality changes; 11:17: Mother going to rehab, noticing personality changes

00:15:50 - Early sexuality and gender

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Segment Synopsis: 15:50: Misbehaving in school, fitting in with other boys; 17:09: 6th grade best friend getting girlfriend, realization of first crush

00:18:01 - Psychiatric hospitalization

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Segment Synopsis: 18:01: Acting out, feeling alienated and alone; 20:30: Accidentally starting fire, damaging house; 22:34: Psychiatric hospitalization at age 12; 24:31: Deciding to not go back home; 26:03: Going to group home, Harbinger home; 29:20: Coming out to therapist, admitting childhood sexual abuse

00:30:49 - Returning home

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Segment Synopsis: 30:50: Going home, being independent and self-sufficient; 32:22: Family's adjustment, living in small apartment; 33:50: Beginning of singing and writing songs

00:37:25 - Young gay identity

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Segment Synopsis: 37:25: Family knowing he was gay; 39:27: Acceptance from other boys at school; 40:45: Crush on best friend Ricky, first boyfriend Larry; 43:28: First consensual sexual experience with boy, Tim; 45:10: Coming out to peers, family; 45:42: Gender identity, being seen as a woman because of his sexuality; 48:25: Not being able to be feminine in the real world; 50:00: First Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at North High School; 52:48: Show Choir being "his GSA"

00:55:18 - Starks Auto in North Omaha 01:00:31 - Boyfriend Toby

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Segment Synopsis: 1:00:31: Meeting boyfriend Toby at age 16; 1:11:17: Moving in with Toby at 17; 1:14:28: Souring of relationship with Toby; 1:21:06: Relationship becoming violent; 1:26:15: Stealing valet cars

01:27:49 - Incarceration

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Segment Synopsis: 1:27:49: Arrest and incarceration; 1:28:13: Solitary confinement; 1:29:33: Relationship with Doug in prison; 1:39:50: Decision for placement into solitary; 1:46:03: Being sent to work release, targeted by prison staff; 1:47:55: Being raped by guard, placed in confinement; 1:54:49: Guard's trial, conviction; 1:58:50: Dominique writing music in solitary; 1:59:50: Release from prison in 2009

02:02:45 - Mother's death 02:06:51 - Music career

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Segment Synopsis: 2:06:51: Starting to write and record music for Icon One Music; 2:09:39: Songwriting process; 2:16:32: Winning Best R&B Artist at Omaha Entertainment Awards; 2:16:53: Joining the OEAA Board in 2015

02:17:37 - Volunteer work

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Segment Synopsis: 2:17:37: Work at Heartland Pride; 2:19:00: Pushback against Black Pride; 2:21:41: GLSEN facilitator

02:21:52 - Career

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Segment Synopsis: 2:21:52: Terra Luna Collaborative; 2:26:13: Charles Drew Health Center; 2:28:30: National Director of Black and Pink

02:33:55 - LGBTQ+ Mayoral Task Force, LGBTQ+ resource center 02:34:40 - Busyness

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Segment Synopsis: 2:34:40: Sleep schedule; 2:35:56: Motivation and energy for work, gratefulness

02:41:50 - Reflection questions

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Segment Synopsis: 2:41:57: What Dominique would tell his younger self; 2:42:48: What Dominique says to queer and trans youth

02:45:35 - Relationship with ex-husband Jesse