Judy Rickard, 65
Author, Torn Apart: United by Love, Divided by Law, Findhorn Press, 2011
CIR Comprehensive Immigration Reform Activist
Editor’s note: I met Judy at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association convention in Philadelphia. She’s a tireless advocate with her wife Karin Bogliolo (profile coming soon) for same-sex binational couples and immigration reform. Her latest piece can be found on HuffPost Gay Voices page. – Mark
Judy Rickard has worked to promote civil rights for nearly 40 years as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activist. She has extensive experience working with politicians and educators in San Jose/Santa Clara County, California where she lives. Since meeting her wife Karin Bogliolo in 2005, she has been fighting the battle for federal recognition and immigration acceptance of same-sex binational families in the United States, the basis of her 2011 book by Findhorn Press, Torn Apart: United by Love, Divided by Law.
Rickard advocates and educates on this issue wherever she can – conventions, churches, PFLAG, LGBT groups, government agencies. She has met with elected officials at all levels of government to get civil rights and equality for her community. She has been honored by her the San Jose City Council, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, the California State Assembly and the White House for her work and presented at a panel on comprehensive immigration reform that includes same-sex binational families at the White House before meeting with President Obama and the 10 other 2013 Cesar Chavez Champions of Change for Immigration Reform in the Oval Office in March. She was able to demonstrate with Karin in front of the Supreme Court on DOMA Day because of the White House event.
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