Blaque/OUT Consulting takes a very different approach to DE&I work. All the Educators that work with Blaque/OUT are not just trained professionals but are a part of the QTPOC community to ensure that they can speak from a point of personal experience. We feel that it is a vital component of the work we do. Lived experience reaches far beyond anything you can be taught.
Our primary, Tamara Leigh is a Black, Queer woman who educates and advises from her own personal experiences in the BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and QTPOC communities, from her professional work as an Advocate, Activist and Educator for 10+ years, and her 12+ years of experience as a Public Relations specialist.
Brittan Hardgers founded Next Generation Men of Transition, a resource, advocacy and support organization for men of the Trans experience in 2018. Brittan has provided educational workshops and lectures for Emory University, Rochester Public Defender's Office, and Liberating Black Voices, Geva Theater, University of Rochester and many mo
Brittan Hardgers founded Next Generation Men of Transition, a resource, advocacy and support organization for men of the Trans experience in 2018. Brittan has provided educational workshops and lectures for Emory University, Rochester Public Defender's Office, and Liberating Black Voices, Geva Theater, University of Rochester and many more. Most recently, he ran for Rochester City Council as the first ever openly Trans candidate for office in Rochester,New York
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Blaque/OUT prides itself on creating curriculum and services that correlate directly to the specific agency, org or entity that we are working with. There is no such thing as cookie-cutter or one-size fits all Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work.
We encourage you to reach out for a 1:1 consultation to discuss what we do, your goals and how those things might work together.
Generally speaking, Blaque/OUT offers the following services:
Speakers that come in to address participants, staff, Board, team or community group about QTPOC/BIPOC/LGBTQ+ related topics. These topics may include how implicit bias impacts your mission, respectful use of pronouns, LGBTQ+ or Trans Rights/History, Creating Safe Spaces for QTPOC clients/staff/youth/families etc.
This can be done in person or via zoom.
Blaque/OUT provides very conversational based workshops and education for Boards, staff, teachers, organizers etc. that center around working through and implementing DE&I in an everyday working environment. This may mean one specific topic or multiple tackled in one session or over time. The facilitator will present content, take questions and provide feedback during these work sessions. This is where you have the opportunity to ask real questions that you may not be able to ask in many other spaces. These sessions can focus on topics such as: Pronoun usage in the workplace, Creating safe spaces for Trans staff/students, Implicit Bias and MicroAggressions etc.
Tamara Leigh sits down with Leadership/ Admin/ Board to evaluate existing forms, policies, procedures, marketing material, physical environment etc. with a DE&I QTPOC/LGBTQ+/BIPOC lens and creates recommendations to assist you in achieving your Equity goals.
It is imperative and socially responsible to make sure LGBTQ+, QTPOC and specifically Trans voices are at the table when creating plans of any kind that impact the community. Blaque/OUT subcontracts for grants, on community based projects and as subcontractors alongside the primary contractor to offer BIPOC/QTPOC/LGBTQ+ perspective on community facing projects and strategic planning contracts to ensure this portion of the community at-large is heard, represented and reflected within the planning process.
Tamara Leigh Panelist;
Background: This virtual Learning Community provides an opportunity to AIDS Institute funded agencies, local health departments and other interested organizations and individuals in the Western and Finger Lakes Region to come together to share and learn strategies and best practices to increase access to HIV testing, PrEP, STI screening, harm reduction services and rapid HIV treatment to bring down historically high rates of HIV and STIs among young gay men/MSM of color, non-binary individuals and trans women. www.urccc.org
Email Tamara Leigh to ask questions, get information or to schedule a zoom to sit down and discuss where you are and where you'd like to be.
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