LGBT people who are involved in STEM and other technological fields face more obstacles than their cishet counterparts, but despite higher rates of workplace bullying and discrimination, queer techies have established their own means of support and growth. Here are seven LGBTQ tech groups everyone should know!
Started in 2013 by tech entrepreneur Angelica Ross, Trans Tech Social provides training, employment opportunities, and aims to reduce discrimination experienced by transgender employees.
Consisting of a global network of over 15,000 queer women, Lesbians Who Tech is an organization founded by Leanne Pittsford with the goal of promoting visibility and professional connections in tech related fields. The organization recently had their annual summit in New York.
This app helps users find LGBT-friendly healthcare providers and mental health specialists. The app also specifically focuses on transgender providers in San Francisco. All of the providers are verified by GLMA: Health Professionals or suggested by the app's community members.
Established as a social networking space specifically for LGBT people in tech, this non-profit aims to connect LGBT youth to tech internships and encourages them to pursue college-level training.
These centers are part of SAGE, a NYC-based organization aimed at providing services and advocacy to LGBT Elders. Spread out across Manhattan, the SAGE tech centers let older adults acquire or expand tech skills, as well as look for jobs.
Powered by the workplace collaboration tool Slack, the LGBTQ In Technology Slack group is a safe online space for LGBT techies to chat and support each other. The space is invitation only.
Part of Microsoft's internal employee resource group, GLEAM has been promoting LGBT-friendly company policies as well as support and networking opportunities since 1993. GLEAM also partners with organizations to host events such as the GLEAM Summit and the National Out and Equal Workplace Summit.