LGBT History: The Hensons and Camp Sister Spirit
"We do not seek tolerance and acceptance. We seek freedom from oppression, intimidation and harassment. We seek justice and a legal system that is capable and willing to defend our rights" – Brenda and Wanda Henson For decades, Wanda and Brenda Henson advocated for activists who provide food and clothing to poor communities. They protected women seeking rightful custody of their children. They were leaders of the struggle for lesbian and women's rights in Mississippi and the South. Much of this happened at Camp Sister Spirit. In 1993, Camp Sister Spirit was founded by Wanda and Brenda Henson in Ovett, Mississippi. It was a charitable IRS-recognized organization committed to providing people counseling, information, education, referral, advocacy, and meeting space to address social issues. It primarily focused on women's issues and hosted women's festivals and pagan celebrations. The camp's goal was to offer an environment free from discrimination. Wanda and Brenda, along with countless