Research Log for LGBT Interview

Purpose of interview article and Summary of your subject

The purpose of my interview is to gain a background and an insight into the LGBT+ community. I intend to understand Proud2Be, the functions and purposes of it and the effect it has on society. To understand how it has influenced peoples lives and what Proud2Be have done to achieve this. The events that the youth group has undergone and why they are relevant, and to understand how the youth group creates awareness and stability for the community.

My subject in summary are a youth group for young people who identify as ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex &/or asexual+ (LGBTQIA+)’ and any other gender or sexual orientation category. The group aim to provide an environment ‘where all people are safe, free and proud to be themselves’ (official vision statement), a safe haven and place of respect for these people who may feel different and set aside from others.

When I’ve completed my interview I will take what they have said and turn it into a magazine article for a LGBT magazine to be graded and evaluated.

Research and identify your target audience and chosen magazine genre

My target audience is quite niche. Given that the purpose of the youth group is to accommodate for and uplift the LGBT+ community, it is quite clear that target audience is individuals who fit into the category of LGBT+.

From the text below we can see that part of their target audience is also friends and family members. These people may be individuals who are related to or friends with someone of the LGBT community, so they may engage with Proud2Be to support that person or to gain an understanding of how that person functions as someone who is LGBT+.

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From both pieces of text below, it is clear that the age demographic for my target audience is young people, from school age to college to young adults. It is a youth group so it is targeted at people at a younger age, who may be more likely to want to gain an understanding of why they feel the way they do as they be more likely to feel unsure. In addition to this, younger people may be more interested in LGBT sexual health as it may be new ground. In addition to this, we can see from this text that for colleges and schools they deliver workshops so that the college/school students and teachers gain a better understanding so this highlights the young people demographic.

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My magazine genre can fit into many genres that may have a section or a story based on LGBT, for example fashion magazines demonstrating LGBT fashion or teen magazines with agony aunt sections that may try and help young questioning teens. However, there is a genre aimed at just the LGBT community and there are hundreds around the world. This is the genre that my magazine will fall into. Some examples of existing LGBT magazines are Out, The Advocate and Attitude.

Issues or products interviewee is involved in

One event that Proud2Be are currently involved in is the rainbow crossing project in Totnes. The project aims to create a zebra crossing in Totnes that instead of being white, will be rainbow coloured to raise awareness and acceptance of the LGBT+ community. They did this temporarily in 2014 but this year they aim to make it permanent.

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The concept of the rainbow crossing explained

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This is the previous trial of 2014 to install the rainbow crossing. This year they intend to recreate it permanently.

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Here is some of the support and back up for the project. The more pledges, the more likely the project is to go ahead and succeed.

Previous activities of interviewee

One example of a previous activity by Proud2Be was Trans Awareness Week in 2016. They sent out some messages to the transgender community to spread awareness and uplift them.

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Here are some examples of messages sent out by the campaigners to the community.

Comments by others regarding interviewee

Regarding the interviewees and the youth group atmosphere, some of the comments on the website are:

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Story context research- facts and figures (Recording key facts and dates about topic)

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Source: Wikipedia – Demographics of sexual orientation

This table shows the percentage of sexual orientation demographics in the UK. As we can see from the data, 93.6 to 94.4% of people from a survey in the UK openly identify as heterosexual. 1.1% identify as gay or lesbian, 0.4 to 0.6% identify as bisexual, 0.3 to 0.4% as other and 3.8 to 4.5% did not respond. This shows the diversity of sexual orientations in the UK which makes Proud2Be a very important and significant part of the LGBT community. This data highlights that it is important to have groups like this so that people from all demographics can feel welcome in one way or another.

Research into the technical considerations of producing, setting up and recording the interviews

For my interview, the producing, setting up and recording is simple. The technical considerations are making sure that the dictaphone which records the audio of the inter view is in full working condition. I must consider checking it through to understand it’s functions and how it works; how to record and erase data, and how to play it back. I must ensure the dictaphone is charged with plenty of memory. In terms of setting up for my interview, I need to make sure myself the interviewer and my interviewee are comfortable and ready to start. I must check just before the interview that my equipment is still working, and have a notepad handy just in case. I must make sure that a picture is taken in order to achieve the brief requirements and all audio is recorded.

Information on the interviewees

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Source – the Proud2Be web page, under ‘About Us’ and ‘Our Founders’.

Research into interview questions used in similar print articles and textual analysis of print interview structures (reading previous interviews for your topic with annotation in the research log)

One example of a similar print article was an article on Planet London which is an LGBT community website and company, featuring in LGBT History Month magazine.  The interviewees, Naomi and Katie Bennett-Hall are the married couple who founded Planet London. The interview focuses on the company Planet London which they have achieved and the features and functions of it. The questions are structured like this:

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From this we can see that the questions asked are very open and allow for an extensive answer. Because the interviewer is asking for reasons and explanations, they need to ask open questions because that asks for a longer and more opinionated answer, rather than a closed questions which entails a shorter and less elaborated on answer. The questions are also straight to the point –  there is no humour in them and they don’t comment on the answer previously which some magazines do. This makes the article simpler to read.

Interview codes and conventions to be used

  • Short, closed questions – allow for simpler and more straight to the point answers.
  • Long, open questions – allow for more elaborate, detailed and well explained answers so it allows a more in depth interview and background.
  • Chronological  structure – I will place the questions on my print interview chronologically and in aligned format so that it is more formal and easily comprehensible.
  • Colourfulness and graphics – As I will use a chronological convention, I will balance this by using bright colour schemes and vector graphics in my print article. This allows for a more enjoyable read.
  • When I go to record my interview I will record it via dictaphone, which is a convention as audio based interviews are a common form of interview.
  • Who, what, why, when, and how  – these are types of questions typically asked in an interview, allowing for a full spectrum of answers. I will use these types to create a more diverse interview.
  • Introduction and summary/conclusion  –  I will use these to create a complete and wholesome interview with clarity of the subject. Without an introduction and summary, it can be confusing about why the interview is taking place and what it is about.
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