On Saturday, February 29, the Los Angeles LGBT Center will host an innovative conference known as Camp Widow to serve members of the LGBTQ+ community who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner.
“Losing someone you share your life with changes you forever, and I know firsthand how difficult that can be,” keynote speaker Nate Berkus said. “I feel privileged to be sharing my experience and personal journey at this year’s conference.”
In 2004, Berkus’ partner Fernando Bengoechea was swept away by a catastrophic tsunami in Sri Lanka during the couple’s trip. According to news reports, the tsunami, which also devastated parts of Thailand and Indonesia, killed hundreds of thousands of people—many of them still missing.