Black Girl Dangerous founder to speak Tuesday for LGBTQ history month

Black Girl Dangerous founder and speaker Mia McKenzie will give a keynote speech 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Lory Student Center for LGBTQ history month.

According to the CSU campus box office, McKenzie will speak about race, queerness, class, gender and their intersection. A question and answer session will follow the keynote speech.

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Black Girl Dangerous is a website founded by McKenzie in 2011 as blog. The site has featured over 300 diverse writers from three countries, and it has over 7 million readers worldwide.

Tickets for the keynote speech are free and can be booked online at the CSU box office website.

Black Girls Dangerous identifies itself as the only forum on the web that focuses on Trans and Queer People of color. The site is intended to give its audience a means of expression.

McKenzie has also published several books, which include novels and essays. McKenzie studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh and debuted with her novel “The Summer We Got Free,” which won her the Labmda Literary Award.

Since then, McKenzie’s books have been used as teaching material at colleges and universities across the country.

McKenzie now travels across the country to speak about race, queerness and gender.

The keynote speech is sponsored by RamEvents, the Pride Resource Center, the Women and Gender Advocacy Center and the Black/African American Cultural Center.

McKenzie will also hold a Q/A session following her speech, as well as a photo opportunity.

Collegian reporter Tony Villalobos May can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @TonytheGnarly.