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Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Voices in Literature: SMSU Welcomes Lynette Reini-Grendell, Venus de Mars, and Anya Johanna DeNiro 

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Sebastian Flores
Pictured is Jesse Hennen and Anya Johanna DeNiro.

On April 11th, Anya Johanna DeNiro rounded out the celebration of LGBTQIA+ authors with readings from her speculative fiction book, captivating listeners with her imaginative narratives and thought-provoking themes. DeNiro’s presence added diversity to the event, highlighting the intersectionality of LGBTQIA+ identities and the power of speculative fiction to explore complex issues of gender, identity, and transformation in a speculative world. 

SMSU’s decision to feature authors from different genres and backgrounds highlights its commitment to showcasing the rich diversity of LGBTQIA+ literature. By providing a platform for authors like Lynette, Venus, and Anya the freedom and the agency to read and express themselves before a crowd. SMSU created a space for meaningful dialogue and celebration of LGBTQIA+ voices. 

The event served as a reminder of the importance of representation in literature and the role of storytelling in fostering empathy and understanding. Through their readings, Lynette, Venus, and Anya shared their unique perspectives and experiences, inspiring attendees to reflect on their own journeys and identities. 

As SMSU continues to champion inclusivity and diversity in its programming, events like these play a crucial role in amplifying marginalized voices and promoting acceptance and understanding. By celebrating LGBTQIA+ authors like Lynette Rein-Grendell, Venus de Mars, and Anya Johanna DeNiro, SMSU reaffirms its commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming community for all despite a world that is increasingly becoming uncertain.

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Sebastian Flores
Sebastian Flores, Senior Editor
I’m an English major with an emphasis in literature and pursuing a minor in professional writing and communications. I have been with the Mustang Buzz since January 2023 as senior editor. I enjoy photography, writing, helping others, and spending time with my family. 

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