Kristen Henderson is a founding member, guitarist and songwriter for the all female popular rock band, Antigone Rising. She is also the author of a memoir, "Times Two, Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made" (Free Press/Simon and Schuster), and maintains a blog, "Hangin' With Hendo," where she voices opinions simply by telling her own personal stories on politically charged issues like same sex adoption and marriage equality. She and wife, Sarah Kate Ellis, are vocal advocates on LGBT issue, especially marriage and family equality.
Kristen grew up on Long Island in Glen Cove, NY. After graduating from Glen Cove High School she attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, obtaining degrees in Psychology and Education. While at Bucknell, she formed an all female band called Mistress with her sister, Cathy and lead singer, Penelope "Peppy" Kokines Sanborn. After graduating the three moved to New York City where they formed Antigone Rising.
Kristen married Sarah Kate Ellis on October 22, 2011. Their wedding was the first performed in the Episcopal Church of New York after marriage equality passed in the New York State senate in June, 2011. Kristen and Sarah were featured in a special New York Times Style section devoted to marriage equality on the day it became legal in New York State (july 24, 2011). The Huffington Post also did a 3 part feature web series on the couple,titled "Here Come the Brides," documenting the couple's wedding from dress shopping to their eventual "I Do's."
Kristen and Sarah Kate (President/CEO of GLAAD), got pregnant on exactly the same day in May, 2008, and gave birth in February, 2009; Kristen to their son, Thomas and Sarah to their daughter, Kate Spencer. They wrote a memoir about the experience titled "Times Two, Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made" which came out on April 4, 2011 through Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
In March, 2013 the couple was chosen by Time Magazine Editors to appear on the now infamous "Gay Marriage Already Won" issue (April 8, 2013 newsstands), leading to a national media blitz that included appearances on CNN, Geraldo Rivera, Real Time with Bill Maher, Chris Matthews Hardball and Huffington Post Live!
When Kristen is not on tour with Antigone Rising, she is busy coaching both Thomas' and Kate's soccer teams, playing on a soccer team of her own (with lead singer, Nini Camps) or being humiliated in too advanced a yoga class. All these things are fodder for her blog, which you should now go read: Hangin' with Hendo.