Eboné Bell is a business owner, speaker, and trailblazer who shines bright in the world of entrepreneurship, DEI, activism, and LGBTQ media. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tagg Magazine. After seeing a lack of LGBTQ women represented in local publications, she decided to start a magazine and website to tell stories, provide resources, and create events.
This year, Tagg Magazine celebrates nine years of telling thousands of stories, creating safe-spaces for queer women, and providing important resources for the LGBTQ community. Over the past four years, Tagg Magazine has been named “Top 25 LGBTQ-Owned Companies” by the Washington Business Journal.
Eboné was recently featured in Forbes Magazine as an "Inspiring Black Entrepreneur Changing Our World." And that's exactly her mission: To create change and leave a stamp on this world. One of those stamps includes starting a student group for LGBTQ people of color while attending University of Maryland College Park. Eighteen years later the group is still going strong.
She has produced such events as the annual Capital Queer Prom giving the older LGBTQ community a second-chance prom, Capital Pride Women’s Events, Pride in the Sky, and Put on the Gloves Fashion Show benefitting The Trevor Project, just to name a few. These events have raised over $50,000 for LGBTQ non-profit organizations. She continues her community work by serving on the board of the Equality Chamber Foundation, an organization providing financial awareness and economic opportunity to LGBTQ-owned businesses.
In 2018, Eboné founded the Tagg Scholarship Fund—a scholarship created specifically for young, queer, women of color who can’t afford to attend school.
In addition to running a queer women’s publication, she shares her knowledge and passion as a keynote speaker at conferences, schools, and events across the country.
Community Pioneer (Rainbow History Project)
SMYAL’s Todd Peterson Award
Brother Help Thyself Outstanding Community Member Award
BEQ Pride Magazine 40 Under 40
Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Business Leader
The DC Center Excellence in Service Award
Curve Magazine Pride List
Top 25 LGBTQ-Owned Businesses (2016-2019)
Equality Virginia's OUTstanding Virginian Award
Legacy Award - LGBT Latino History Project
DC Black Pride Welmore Cook Award
Image Award - Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker Health
Capital Pride Hero
Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business Leader
Metro Weekly Next Generation Award