Jo Teut is a second-year graduate student at the University of Cincinnati in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies MA program and a graduate assistant in the UC Title IX Office. While generally interested in the human experience, zir research focuses on recovering asexual identities within contemporary literature, contemporary poetry, gender issues in Hemingway’s texts, the Beat Generation, gender neutral language in colloquial and academic use, creating feminist discourses and institutions, theorizing marginalized identities, expressing lived experience through literature, and inclusive sexual consent models. Ze has presented zir research at the 2015 Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference, the 2015 North American Asexuality Conference, the 2015 UC 7th Diversity Conference, the 7th Annual Queer Studies Conference at Ohio University, and UC QueerCon 2016, among other places.
Tristan Vaught is an activist, educator, and the inaugural Director of the LGBTQ+ Center at IUPUI. Tristan is a first generation college graduate and is originally from Buck Creek, Indiana, which is a small farming community outside of Lafayette, Indiana. Tristan graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Tristan completed a Master’s degree in WGSS in 2015 from UC with research centered around the application of transgender and queer theory in LGBTQPIA Safe Zone Trainings while serving as Program Coordinator in the UC LGBTQ Center. Tristan plans to eventually complete a PhD and hopefully continue a career in Student Affairs.