Ms. Zakia McKensey

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Zakia McKensey is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She has been an active member of the LGBTQ community. For many years Zakia was a national performer and pageant competitor.

She is a former Miss Gay Black America,  Miss Black National, Miss International Supermodel, Miss Godfrey’s and Miss Virginia Capitol Pride. She has worked for Fan Free Clinic where she was instrumental in creating the Transgender Clinic as well as Richmond City Health District, where she was a DIsease Intervention Specialist and also the first African American Transgender Woman to ever work for the health distirct.

Zakia is one of the inaugural recipients of the Minister Bobbie Jean Baker Memorial Award (2019).

Zakia’s Acceptance Video

In October 2015, she opened the Nationz Foundation a 501(c)3 organization that provides advocacy for transgender individuals as well as offering HIV/STI testing, food pantry, emergency housing  and other supportive services to the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area. Recently she acquired an RV to create a mobile testing unit to offer her services in communities where transportation is a barrier to access testing or safer sex items and food.

Zakia also works for the Virginia Anti-Violence Project where she serves as the Transgender Advocate, assisting individuals who have experiences of violence. She was named a 2018 Outstanding Virginian, by Equality Virginia. Zakia was honored with a Firework Award by Virginia Pride in 2018.

In her free time she enjoys time with family and friends, traveling, competing and attending pageants, cooking and spending time with her dog Japan.