Only Gay Black Students Can Attend This University Conference

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The LGBT resource center at a public California university is hosting an event only for black LGBT students, The College Fix reported Monday.

The University of California, Riverside’s LGBT resource center scheduled its fifth BlaqOUT conference, which will feature keynote speeches, workshops, and events such as a performance by a dancer-poet duo, on April 27 and 28, reported The College Fix.

“Can other people of color, white people and/or straight people attend?” asks a question on the event’s FAQ.

“No, we are asking our allies to respect the BlaqOUT Conference as a closed space for folks who identify as Black/African American or of African descent and on the LGBT spectrum,” the resource center says in its response. “If you are an ally to our communities, we encourage you to attend one of the regional or national LGBTQ Conferences scheduled in 2018.”

The center aims to create “safe and courageous spaces” for black LGBT students. One of the conference’s events will feature Nia and Ness, a “black, lesbian, dancer-poet performance art duo,” whose work “aims at a deeper understanding of their co-reality through intense investigation of their individual identities.”


“BlaqOUT has become this place where I can just be, I can learn new topics, and mingle with other blaqqueer folks,” past attendee UC Riverside alum Sanisha Meador said, according to The Fix.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to UCR and the LGBT resource center for comment but received none in time for press.

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