Kip, born in San Antonio in 1959, is the partner of Toby Johnson Together they operated Liberty Books, a gay and lesbian community bookstore. They have also ran gay B&Bs in Colorado and Texas. He resides in San Antonio, Texas.
Kip and Toby were among the couples featured in Merle Yost's "When Love Lasts Forever: Male Couples Celebrate Commitment." They were the first male couple registered as domestic partners in Travis County, Texas. An account of their first 14 years together appears in Merle Yost's book on long-term gay relationships: When Love Lasts Forever.