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Charlene Strong

Since the tragic death of her partner, Charlene Strong has become a tireless advocate for equality.

After having to seek permission from an out-of-state family member to be by her dying partner's side in the hospital, Charlene testified in front of Washington's legislature and helped pass landmark domestic partnership legislation in the state. In 2007, Governor Christine Gregoire appointed Charlene to be a Washington state Human Rights Commissioner. Charlene is the subject of and award-winning documentary “for my wife...” and was featured in the Characters Unite special “Tom Brokaw Presents Bridging the Divide.” Before dedicating her life to same-sex marriage equality, Charlene worked in the dental field for over 20 years. She pursued a degree in interior design and is a longtime resident of Seattle. For more information, go to