- Published: Monday, January 30 2017
- Written by Diversity Richmond
Zakia McKensey, a native of Richmond, VA has worked tirelessly to advocate for the transgender community and those affected or effected by HIV/AIDS. Zakia started her career in HIV prevention in 2001 with Fan Free Clinic as the MSM (Men who Sleep with Men) coordinator. She worked there for close to ten years. During her time there she was one of the founding pioneers for the TG clinic that serves local transgender clients and assists them with hormone replacement therapy and overall health and wellness.
Her next chapter included becoming an employee with Richmond City Health District. There she served for six years as a Disease Intervention Specialist, helping to locate, diagnose and treat individuals who were exposed or at risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections.
In December, 2015, she became the Transgender Community Advocate at the Virginia Anti-Violence Project. There she provides support and advocacy to LGBTQ survivors of domestic, dating and intimate partner violence, and helps to facilitate a healthy relationships curriculum. She is also the Executive Director and Founder of Nationz Foundation, a new nonprofit 501c3 organization that provides free HIV and Syphilis testing, as well as linkage to care services and a food pantry to assist those clients in need or who are having a rough time in life. She is an advocate for L.G.B.T.Q equality with special interest in the Transgender community. When she is not fighting the battle to erase stigma related to HIV, or advocating for survivors, she is also the C.E.O. of Nationz Pageantry System, which showcases talents of male entertainers and female impersonators. This effort promotes healthier lifestyle changes through entertainment and fashion.