The first week of August, Karin and I will be in Las Vegas, Nevada, to participate in the UNITY conference – the umbrella organization for minority journalist associations. Last year I found out about NLGJA, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and attended the conference in Philadelphia. Wow! Then NLGJA joined UNITY and I proposed a session on our issue, LGBT binational families and immigration discrimination. There were other immigration sessions proposed, so UNITY made an overarching session and I am part of it. Wow!
So here’s the online description that they have listed in their recent conference update. Glad to be on the panel and in the Hot Topics section. If you read the description, I guess I am the passion portion of the discussion/topic. Gulp!
Immigration: Beyond the Border
The topic of immigration reaches far beyond America’s borders. It is large and nuanced and reaches every community, every industry and virtually every family. In fact, immigration has less to do with geographic borders as it does with politics, people and, yes, passion. Journalists of color have unique opportunities to bring these stories forward. Join us for a frank discussion on how immigration continues to change communities large and small nationwide and how journalists can better cover this important topic.
Find out more about UNITY at http://www.unityjournalists.org/
Find out more about NLGJA at
As always, here is my sign-off on posts…
Immigration Equality, Out4Immigration and Love Exiles Foundation are the three groups working on our issue – and the three groups who receive whatever money comes in from sales of my book, Torn Apart: United by Love, Divided by Law, Findhorn Press, 2011.
My newer project, with David W. Ross, whose new film “I Do: The Movie” will be out in June 2012, is a portrait project of LGBT binational families, United by Love, Divided by Law Portrait Project. It expands the reach of my book and will keep adding portraits as we find couples and funds to add more. We will hold events to assist the work being done for our families by Lavi Soloway and Stop the Deportations – The DOMA Project. Check out the site at
and see the Facebook page at
To follow Torn Apart: United by Love, Divided by Law, go to its Facebook page at:
Read an excerpt of my book at this link: http://bit.ly/eIyGxh
Order online from the publisher at this link:
Elizabeth Gilbert wrote the foreword to my book. She is an ally in our fight and has suffered from the immigration situation herself as part of a binational relationship. Though she and her boyfriend were able to marry, they know what the drill was and they advocate for LGBT binational families. We like that!
Remember, too, you can follow me and what I am doing and thinking and reading on twitter @tornapartbook