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What follows is a fictional account. Our “characters” bear our real names; the other eight are composites of students we have taught and from whom we have learned; activists with whom we have worked; and staff, faculty, and administrators we have trained in venues such as Safe Zone. We portray our ally (Lisa)-lesbian (Kathryn) relationship this way for two reasons: one, we had not secured permission from real students, colleagues, or community members to represent their lives and experiences, and two, we seek a way to show our partnership, both personal and professional since 2000, in action. To each of us, the other is a powerful, singular, precious, irreplaceable force in her life. We make every effort here to do that justice.
Tillmann, L.M. & Norsworthy, K.L. (2015). In solidarity: Collaborations in LGBTQ+ activism. In L.M. Tillmann (Ed.), In Solidarity: Friendship, Family, and Activism Beyond Gay and Straight (238-278). New York: Routledge.