Elizabeth Gilbert, best-selling author of the book Eat, Pray, Love (now a hit movie starring Julia Roberts) will be lobbying Congress on behalf of the Immigration Equality Action Fund to help pass the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA).
One of the many inequalities we face due to the lack of legislation protecting us, is that LGBT bi-national couples can be torn apart due to their immigration status. When straight bi-national couples marry, the US-born partner can sponsor their spouse to become a US Citizen (this is of course simplified somewhat due to blog length, but I digress).
Gilbert’s recent best-seller, Committed, chronicles her experiences as being the American part of a bi-national couple. More than 36,000 LGBT bi-national families are impacted by current law, with nearly 17,000 of those families raising young children.