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Upcoming Speaker


Known for their ability to bring flippant humor and incisive cultural critique, bloggers and queer youth media activists Kid Fury and Crissle West host a special episode of their popular podcast "The Read," live at UNC Charlotte to help commemorate National Coming Out Week!

Born in Miami and now living in New York City, Kid Fury is a media mouthpiece with a whole lot of nerve. In June 2006, he created an urban news/gossip site called The Fury, which has since become a popular award-winning blog. With over hundreds of thousands of hits a day, The Fury has become a staple in daily pop culture news for the snarky. With Kid Fury TV, a YouTube channel currently holding over 94,000 subscribers, and chart-topping new podcast The Read, Kid Fury is pushing boundaries and breaking new ground. 

Born in Louisiana and raised in Oklahoma, writer Crissle West moved to New York City in 2012. Her work has been published in ESSENCE magazine and she has appeared as a panelist on gender identity and sexuality at New York University. Crissle’s thoughtful essays can be found on her eponymous website. 

As queer youth, Kid Fury and Crissle West were selected as presenters for the 2014 OUTSpoken Speaker Series. This annual event was created to focus on LGBTQIA issues, and it aims to positively influence the campus climate to make it a more accepting and affirming place for students, faculty, staff and the community.

This event is free and open to the public. The podcast will be followed by a meet and greet reception.  Audience members will need to pay for parking. Information on parking is available at

Tickets for UNC Charlotte students, faculty and staff will be available at the door from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Oct. 16. Valid UNC Charlotte ID is required. Tickets for the general public will be available online until 12:00 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Any remaining UNC Charlotte tickets will be released to the general public no later than 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 16.  

The eighth annual OUTSpoken speaker series event is made possible by the support of: The Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund, the Alliance for Full Acceptance, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Women’s & Gender Studies Program, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Counseling Center and the TownePlace Suites Marriott.  

For more information, contact Kelly Finley, or Kent Brintnall,

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2014 Speaker Is Made Possible Special Thanks To

The Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund

The Alliance For Full Acceptance

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Women's & Gender Studies Program

The Multicultural Resource Center

The Counseling Center



Give today! Designate your gift to the Outspoken: Fund number 660498