Marquita Thomas has been a resident of the City of West Hollywood for 23 years and has proven her commitment to serving her community through service. She served on the Lesbian Visibility Board for the City, helping to plan, program and also emcee the historic West Hollywood Dyke March. In 2015, she was appointed and served as Co-chair to the Lesbian & Gay Advisory Board to advise city council on matters affecting LGBTQ residents including the execution of the City’s Rainbow Key Awards.
As the founder of Out & About Events for Women, she has created social, networking and activist programming for Los Angeles' under-served lesbian community including the Serafemme Women's Music Festival for which Thomas received awards from Christopher Street West / LA Gay Pride and the LA LGBT Center.
Marquita joined the board of the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in 2009. After two years as president, Marquita became the organization's Executive Director and works to grow LGBT businesses through business development, networking as well as legislative strategy incorporating LGBT business enterprises in corporate and governmental supply chains.
Because she is such a fierce advocate of LGBTQ rights, Marquita was one of the first recipients of KCET’s LGBT Local Hero Award.