Vega Subramaniam has been involved in LGBTQ organizing since 1983 when she came out as a lesbian, and active in the South Asian queer community since 1997. She is a co-founder of Trikone-NW, an organization supporting LGBTQ South Asians in the Pacific Northwest. She has also volunteered with a variety of LGBTQ organizations, including Trikone (San Francisco), Pride Foundation (Pacific Northwest), Rainbow Dragon Fund (DC area), and NQAPIA (national). She is currently a founding steering committee member of the Queer South Asian National Network. In 2004, Vega and her wife Mala were one of the plaintiff couples in Washington State?s marriage equality lawsuit. Vega has facilitated leadership workshops, given conference keynote addresses, and presented cultural competency trainings for local and national organizations. Professionally, Vega is a coach, nonprofit consultant, trainer, and editor with Vega Mala Consulting. Her specialties include intentional life planning, productivity and time management, career transition, and cultural competency. Vega has taught sociology and worked in student services at Penn State University, Western Washington University, and the University of Washington. Her nonprofit and philanthropic work focuses on immigrant rights, LGBTQ equality, racial and gender justice, and education equity.