Charlene Strong, LGBT Activist to Lecture at WSSU on October 3

Charlene Strong

Charlene Strong

September 27, 2012

Charlene Strong, an activist for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community and the subject of the award-winning documentary For my wife, will make a presentation at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) at 7 p.m. on October 3, in the K.R. Williams Auditorium on the WSSU campus. 

Sponsored by the WSSU Office of Student Activities’ Real Life Forums, the lecture is in celebration of National LGBT month for October.   The Real Life Forum Lecture Series was created to discuss important topics based on "real life" issues faced by college students.  The event is free and open to the public.

Strong is a widely published writer and sought after speaker, presenting at universities, companies, public forums, nonprofits and government agencies across the country including the CIA, the Washington State legislature and the World Affairs Council.

Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire appointed Strong to the prestigious Washington State Human Rights Commission; she is currently serving a new five-year term.  In her documentary, Strong tells the story of how she became an advocate for equality following the loss of her wife, Kate Fleming (a renowned audio book narrator), in a flashflood in Seattle in 2006.  At the hospital Strong was initially denied access to be with Kate in the moments before she passed away.  This discrimination led Strong to help champion legislation that later became Washington State’s Domestic Partnership Law.

Strong’s advocacy for equality has led her to The White House where she was invited to have a private meeting with President Obama and other dignitaries to discuss marriage equality.  Strong has taken her personal tragedy and created a life mission to advocate for equality and social justice issues.

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