Advocate, Activist, and Educator, Tamara Leigh has dedicated her life to championing for the BIPOC, QTPOC, LGBTQIA+ and Trans Communities. Starting her career in Public Relations, Leigh went on to become the Director of Operations and Public Relations for Out Alliance in New York and the Editor of Empty Closet Magazine (the longest continuously published LGBTQ+ publication in the nation). In 2020, Leigh launched Blaque/OUT Consulting and Blaque/OUT Magazine to further educate around Intersectionality and create space for Black and Brown Queer Voices. (www.blaqueout.com) Tamara is the Founder of Tampa Bay Black Lesbians and Vice-President of The BlaQQueer Unity Council, a coalition of Black and Brown Queer Leadership orgs in Central Florida. She has spoken and provided educational services around the topics of Implicit Bias, Queer and Trans Rights and the Intersectionality of QTPOC at rallies, in Board Rooms, and for classes and companies nationwide. Tamara consults with individual organizations and companies to improve their diversity, equity practices, reconciliatory engagement and capacity as well as on a myriad of projects and curriculum creation for universities, municipalities and orgs nationwide to ensure that diversity, equity and accessibility is centered in their work. Leigh developed the first Juneteenth event during Pride for a specifically Queer audience in Florida and that event is still held annually to this day. She has had the honor of coordinating Trans Day of Remembrance events in both New York and Florida for nearly a decade. In 2023, Tamara was named the St. Pete Pride Parade Grand Marshall in recognition of her contributions to advocacy of the Florida LGBTQIA+ community. Last but certainly not least, she is a proud Mom to two teenage sons.