Local and national leaders working to advance equal rights for LGBT people will gather tonight in Covington to unveil a national award in honor of the late Nancy Minson.
The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus is co-sponsoring “Light of One, Power of Many: A Night to Honor Nancy Minson.” The event will be held at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, and begins with a reception at 6 p.m.
It will be followed by a look back on Minson's life and work at 7 p.m., and a screening of the film, For My Wife... at 7:45 p.m.
For more than a decade, Minson helped create a citywide coalition to oppose Article 12 of Cincinnati's charter, the nation's only anti-LGBT charter amendment. It culminated in voter repeal of the amendment in 2004.
In September 2009, Minson died from pancreatic cancer at age 63.
The national recognition in her name is the first directly aimed at honoring a non-LGBT ally of equality who helps secure a major advance for equal rights, Task Force representatives said.
Also present at the event will be Charlene Strong, an activist from Washington state. Strong's story is told in the documentary, For My Wife... The film relates the tale of her partner Kate Fleming's death in 2006 after she was trapped in the basement during a flash flood. Arriving at the hospital, Strong was initially prevented from joining Fleming, despite their long partnership, because Washington didn't recognize domestic partners.
In January 2007 Strong testified before the Washington State Senate in support of a bill creating a statewide Domestic Partnership Registry. Four months later, Gov. Christine Gregoire signed the bill into law.
Tickets to the event still may be purchased online for $25 by clicking here, or will be available at the door for $30. Proceeds benefit the Women's Political Caucus.