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Torn Apart: United by Love, Divided by Law

Torn Apart: United by Love, Divided by Law
Judy Rickard

Immigration reform is a hot topic these days. The public perception of this issue is that it is “us against them,” and the “them” is Hispanic. Think what you want to about that issue, but there is another immigration issue worthy of a loud voice from this community: current immigration laws split apart gay and lesbian couples. This book opens with a thought-provoking forward by Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) and then details several couples’ stories. Meet the author, Judy, and see how she and her partner, Karin, were unexpectedly separated after Immigration found a most innocent picture in Karin’s purse. Read about Roi and Aurelio, denied the comfort of one another’s presence while one fights cancer and both fight HIV/AIDS, all the while impoverishing themselves with attorney fees. Continue reading and meet Neal and Fernando, who live with the fear that the undocumented one will be deported with no notice. Keep reading and you’ll meet people willing to fight for their relationships, expatriate themselves for their relationships, and bankrupt themselves for their relationships. This book is really a collection of love stories, detailing the lengths people are willing to go to in order to preserve our families. All royalties from the book go to groups fighting for LGBT immigration equality. Findhorn Press ( —Review: Angel Curtis


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