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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Findhorn Press (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844095487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844095483
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,103,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amos Lassen...Rickard tells us about her battle as well as what others deal with...
...Rickard is definitely qualified to have written this book. --amoslassen.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/torn-apart-united-by-love-divided-by-law-legislating-love/

"Rickard puts a human face on a political issue and offers actionable steps for her readers: encouraging them to support the United American Families Act and contact their congressmen or women." —Publisher's Weekly (March 28, 2011)



"[In Torn Apart] 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." —Angel Curtis, OutSmart Magazine (April 2011)



"Incredible tales of 'Rube Goldberg' type arrangements by American citizens simply to be able to stay with their foreign partner . . . readable and important. . . . The stories are the power and she doesn't dilute them." —www.DavidMixner.com


"A compelling wake-up call . . . inspiring, often sad, even infuriating, tales of same-sex couples caught in the machinations of antiquated U.S. immigration policy . . . chockfull of ideas for how to help." —Windy City Times

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"These laws force gay and lesbian families to do nothing but fight for their lives, rather than putting their shoulder to the wheel and working for the betterment of the society. And they are in a fight for their lives."

Elizabeth Gilbert
, author of Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage and Eat, Pray, Love

"Torn Apart is a poignant reminder that our country must change our immigration policies to keep families together, not split them apart...[This book] should instill in all of us a sense of urgency to right this wrong."
Mike Honda, congressman, California (D-15)

More About the Author

Judy Rickard is a lifelong lesbian, U.S. citizen and nearly lifelong resident of California. She has worked for civil rights and LGBT rights since she single-handedly challenged the leader of anti-gay activities in her town as she was coming out in 1973. She served as a board member for an LGBT political action committee in the San Francisco South Bay Area for 15 years.

She has worked with mayors and clergy and university presidents on diversity committees and special task forces, among other civil rights activities. She has worked with political candidates and elected officials to educate them on LGBT issues and has worked to elected numerous openly-gay or supportive candidates for local, county, state and national offices.

Late in life, Judy met and fell in love with a non-U.S. citizen. That's when more fights for equal rights began...

Judy and Karin's story is not over - and their challenges are not over. In fact, writing this book and making it public may make it impossible for Judy and Karin to be together in America. But their dedication to the cause galvanized them and they want to help fix a system that discriminates against lesbians and gay men from America who fall in love with lesbians and gay men from other countries. They have met wonderful people on this journey and they are committed to help!

Words to live by:

No American should have to choose between partner and country!

No American should have to choose between family and country!

No American should have to choose between career and country!

But I have had to do all three...

Follow our story and the stories of others who have shared theirs in Torn Apart: United by Love, Divided by Law at http://tornapart.findhornpress.com   

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on May 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Thousands of same-sex binational couples are kept apart by U.S. immigration policies that don't just fail to recognize that two people of the same gender can have a positive, fulfilling and committed relationship, but actually target the non-citizen half of such couples as a security risk. Despite the work of activist groups such as Immigration Equality, Love Exiles and Out4Immigration, and numerous attempts by understanding elected representatives to push through legislation to eliminate this unfair policy, many couples have left the US to live in other countries, or to live nomadic lives traveling to a variety of countries, in order to avoid being split up.

The book begins with a forward by Elizabeth Gilbert, celebrated author of "Eat, Pray, Love," who is happily married to a man from Brazil. She points out the hypocrisy that they never had a problem being together, since immigration law allows citizens to bring in their fiancés, citizens or not. The fact that same sex couples are denied similar treatment, simply because we don't have the option to marry under federal law, has made her an activist for a change in policy to eliminate this blatant discrimination, and inspired the author to tell her story.

Judy Rickard and her partner Karin, a British citizen, have endured long separations and taken trips simply to be together as much as possible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Hendrickson on April 9, 2011
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This book tells the stories of many couples. One half of the couple is an American Citizen the other half is not. Normally, this would not be an immigration problem except for one thing: These couples are of the same sex and therefore, the United States Federal government will not recognize their relationships. How heartbreaking to read story after story of couples living in exile or separated from their loved ones. Judy Rickard writes from the heart. It is well worth the purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karla on October 15, 2011
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I bought it one weeke ago , and so far Im loving it! Im in a binational relationship, and this book is helping me to deal with my own fears and fight for my rights. Thanks Judy for sharing your story .
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