The Release of Ruth Marimo’s “OUTsider”

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Scout Publishing has announced the release of Ruth Marimo’s memoir, Outsider: Crossing Borders, Breaking Rules, Gaining Pride.  The release date is April 11, which is the National Day of Silence (USA). Ruth Marimo, a Zimbabwean writer, shares a story of surviving abuse, fighting deportation, and coming out as a lesbian. As a writer, Ruth Marimo continues to speak out against the mistreatment of LGBTQ individuals in Africa and throughout the world. She also continues to advocate for immigration reform in the United States. Her book OUTsider is a nonfiction story based on her personal experience. Visit Ruth’s website for more information.








The Book: 


Book Description details are as follows:

In a story faced with obstacles where many people may give up, African author Ruth
Marimo proves she is a fighter. OUTsider: Crossing Borders. Breaking Rules. Gaining
Pride. is a heartfelt autobiography where readers are introduced to a fierce,
forthright woman who has confronted life’s obstacles, and has overcome them with
strength, courage, and honesty.

Born  in  Zimbabwe,  Marimo  has  traveled  the  world,  gaining  insight  and  deep
appreciation  for  the  plight  of  the  illegal  immigrant.  Living  as  an  undocumented
immigrant, she details the daily struggles to survive as a health‐care worker and to
thrive as a wife and mother. Complicating matters, for decades Marimo had denied
her true identity as a lesbian woman.

OUTsider is a must‐read for people interested in immigration policies and LGBTQ civil
rights. With the current Anti‐Homosexuality Act signed into law in Uganda, Africa,
Marimo’s voice and experience is a beacon of hope for those fearful of standing up
for their own identity or someone they love.
“OUTsider  is  a  moving  coming  out  tale,  a  deeply  feminist  memoir,  and  a
bewildering look at the ridiculousness of immigration policy in the US. A must read
for women and the people who love them.”

‐‐Diane Anderson‐Minshall, Editor at Large, Advocate Magazine

Ruth Marimo’s story will be available to readers nationwide on April 11, 2014. This is
also the annual National Day of Silence, which is a day of action in which students
across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing
effect of anti‐LGBTQ bullying and harassment in schools.

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