9 Tagg Team Members You Should Know

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As we celebrate our ninth anniversary, it’s important we celebrate the people behind Tagg Magazine. These individuals are passionate about storytelling, community, and queer representation.

In her interview with Shoutout LA, the owner Eboné F. Bell said: “My Tagg Team deserves recognition…I literally couldn’t do any of this without them. They are the branches of this rooted and sturdy tree. I’ve never had a more solid team, a team of people who genuinely want to see the magazine grow, succeed, and make a difference in our community.”

We couldn’t agree more. Meet the Tagg Team. #Tagg9

 

Jeanie Crawford-Adkins

Advertising Sales Director

Jeanie Crawford-Adkins

City, State: Annapolis, MD

Zodiac Sign: Libra

Favorite Color: Blue, blue, and more blue.

Relationship Status: Married to the love of my life

Something people would be surprised to know about you: I’m a professional singer (Mezzo/Contralto) and have sung opera, oratorio, and choral music throughout the D.C. metro area.

Favorite part about what you do: Building relationships and community.

Why Tagg? I’ve been with Tagg since Day 1 in support of my dear friend Eboné Bell and her vision. It is an honor to be on the Tagg team. One of the things I’m most passionate about is our commitment to sharing stories of LGBTQ women of color. I’m very proud of the work we’ve done in the past nine years and am excited for the next 9+!

 

Eboné F. Bell

Owner and Editor

Eboné F. Bell

Photo by Liz Taylor

City, State: Washington, D.C.

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Favorite Color: Blue

Relationship Status: Single

Something people would be surprised to know about you: Before starting Tagg Magazine, I was a DC Drag King. Every now and then “E-Cleff” will make an appearance once or twice a year. Also, LEGO is my self-care.

Favorite part about what you do: Meeting and speaking with people from across the world.

Why Tagg? Stories and Connection! With so many LGBTQ women making a difference in our community, it’s important we celebrate and document these individuals (and moments). Tagg’s mission has always been to connect, which is why it’s in our name because when you play the game of tag, you have to reach out and touch someone. Tagg, you’re it!

 

Selena Benally

Graphic Designer

Selena Benally

City, State: Cottage City, MD

Zodiac Sign: Leo

Favorite Color: Turquoise

Relationship Status: In A Relationship

Something people would be surprised to know about you: Besides working in graphic design and playing with my band, More AM than FM, I enjoy collecting new skills. Recently I started focusing on bowling as well as learning to speak Japanese. Earlier in the pandemic I taught myself to juggle and how to build a bench. Previous new hobbies have included cigar box instrument building and skateboarding.

Favorite part about what you do: I enjoy the creative freedom I am given when designing the magazine layouts. It’s one of the most artistically stimulating projects I’ve had the pleasure to work on.

Why Tagg? Working for Tagg makes me feel closer to the community. It has especially felt important after a year and a half of feeling socially disconnected from people. Knowing that Tagg has continued to carry on strong for nine years, bringing everyone together, makes me proud to be a part of it.

 

Becca Damante

Writer

Photo by Salvatore Damante

City, State: Washington, D.C.

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Favorite Color: Purple

Relationship Status: Single and dating

Something people would be surprised to know about you: In seventh grade, I memorized the first 100 digits of Pi to the tune of “Open Toes” by Katharine McPhee. It was for extra credit.

Favorite part about what you do: I love writing and thinking critically about LGBTQ films and television shows like The L Word: Generation Q and Happiest Season.

Why Tagg? Queer media representation gave me the courage to come out, and I want to do the same for other people!

 

Robin Kenyetta

Photographer

Robin Kenyetta

City, State: Washington, D.C. / Virginia Beach, VA

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Favorite Color: Purple and Teal

Relationship Status: Partnered

Something people would be surprised to know about you: I can’t ride a bicycle, roller skate, or swim and I still had a ball as a kid!

Favorite part about what you do: Photographing and highlighting people doing major things that other people might not have known about but most definitely should

Why Tagg? Really, why not? Tagg is a representation of me and representation is vital.

 

Sondra Rose Marie Morris

Writer

Sondra Morris

City, State: San Diego, CA

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio sun and Scorpio rising

Favorite Color: Millennial pink

Relationship Status: Practically married to my bae, Faith

Something people would be surprised to know about you: I met my partner on a writing assignment!

Favorite part about what you do: Getting trusted to interview changemakers in the queer community has been awesome. I’ve met and chatted with so many people I look up to!

Why Tagg? I love how all-inclusive Tagg is, intentionally giving voice to individuals of various races, gender identities, abilities, careers, ages, and socio-economic statuses.

 

 
Amanda Ostuni

Writer

Amanda Ostuni

City, State: Durham, NC

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Favorite Color: Blue

Relationship Status: Single…and ready to mingle

Something people would be surprised to know about you: I slept in my car on a solo camping trip to the Badlands.

Favorite part about what you do: I am honored to be telling LGBTQ stories because it is the absolute best use of my writing passion and skills to serve the two-fold purpose of telling these stories: providing a space for queer people to see they’re not alone and exposing non-queer people to our world and thus, potentially opening up their minds and fostering acceptance and support.

Why Tagg? I found Tagg because they did a wine-tasting interview with Wynonna Earp actress Kat Barrell. The event (the concept, good conversation, etc.) showed a) Tagg had its finger on the pulse of LGBTQ culture and b) Tagg is a team of talented individuals who know how to engage and do what they do. It was something I instantly wanted to be a part of. I wanted to deliver readers that same joy they got from the Kat Barrell event, and I’m so grateful I was welcomed into the fold and now get to write stories I feel matter.

 

Sarah Prager

Writer

Sarah Prager

City, State: Sturbridge, MA

Zodiac Sign: Leo

Favorite Color: Blue

Relationship Status: Married 10 years

Something people would be surprised to know about you: I have no attention span for reading books, just writing them!

Favorite part about what you do: I love having an excuse to keep up on queer women’s news. When my wife tells me to stop following Megan Rapinoe’s every move, I can just say it’s for work!

Why Tagg? The stories, the mission, the people, and the audience.

 

Courtney Ramsey

Photographer

Courtney Ramsey

City, State: Washington, D.C.

Zodiac Sign: Libra

Favorite Color: Pink, purple, gold, grey, and yellow

Relationship Status: Fully committed—we got two dogs

Something people would be surprised to know about you: I’m competitive.

Favorite part about what you do: I like seeing ALL the faces and feeding off everyone’s energy.

Why Tagg? Black owned, Black operated, Womxn owned. And it gives ALL the feels.

 

 

 

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