Charlene Strong is a nationally respected advocate for social justice and civil rights issues including marriage equality and non-discrimination policies in the workplace and society. She is a widely published writer and sought after speaker, presenting to 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 HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire appointed Charlene to the prestigious Washington State Human Rights Commission; she is currently serving a new five year term. DOCUMENTARY FILM
Charlene is the subject of the award-winning documentary film, "for my wife..." which tells the story about how Charlene became an advocate for equality following the loss of her wife, Kate Fleming (a renowned audio book narrator), in a flash flood in Seattle in 2006. At the hospital Charlene was initially denied access to be with Kate in the moments before she passed away. This discrimination led Charlene to help champion legislation that later became Washington State's Domestic Partnership Law.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Charlene's advocacy for equality has led her to The White House where she was invited to a private meeting with President Obama and other dignitaries to talk about marriage equality. Charlene has taken her personal tragedy and created a life mission to advocate for equality and social justice issues.