One side of a sad story

“Inger and Philippa”: in this moving short, an American reads a letter to the President about her life as part of a binational same-sex couple, separated from her partner by US law. Part of the power is that only one half of the relationship can be heard.

“I have always loved my country, but sadly it does not love us. I wish you and your family, health, happiness, and the knowledge that you should never ever, for even one moment, waste the time you have with each other. Not everyone is lucky enough to have that. Hold them close and never let them go, but think for a moment on those of us who aren’t allowed to hold the ones we love.”

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