We recently highlighted the story of Charlene Strong, the woman who lost her partner of 9 years, Kate, during a flood in their Seattle home in 2006. Charlene was initially denied access to be with Kate at the hospital due to the lack of legal recognition for their relationship, and was subjected to further discrimination when trying to deal with the painful task of making funeral arrangements.
Motivated by her experiences, Strong became a powerful advocate for the rights of gay and lesbian couples, and worked to help pass Washington State’s Domestic Partnership Registration Bill.
GLAAD worked with Charlene, providing her with media trainings and preparing her to be an effective spokesperson and advocate for the rights of gay and lesbian couples. Her story was featured in many publications, including Newsweek and The Advocate.
In order to help people understand the difficulties she faced and to make sure others don't have to repeat them going forward, Strong decided to take her experience and make a documentary which she entitled “For My Wife.”
The documentary will be premiered this Sunday, October 19th, at the Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. GLAAD is excited to be featured in the film, and to be attending the premiere.
We encourage supporters and allies in Seattle to join us:
"For My Wife" Premiere
Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 4:30 pm
2100 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
Tickets: $9 and can be purchased here
A Q&A session will follow the film.
There will also be an after party at Design Within Reach for ticket holders:
6:30 – 9 pm
1918 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101