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At the 2005 International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, the author delivered a poem and slide show, “The State of Unions: Activism (and In-Activism) in Decision 2004.” The performance processed the election in the context of her research community, a network of gay male friends—marginalized by sexual orientation but privileged by sex, gender expression, race, class, and education. Audience members offered mixed responses, some praising its provocative content, others criticizing the author’s position and tone, which some perceived as hostile, even as “gay bashing.”
Tillmann, L.M. (2015). State of unions: Politics and poetics of performance. In L.M. Tillmann (Ed.), In Solidarity: Friendship, Family, and Activism Beyond Gay and Straight (183-206). New York: Routledge.
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