Technology cannot progress without adequate diversity and representation across the workforce that designs and develops it. Although the tech industry has made some strides in the effort to establish broader diversity and inclusion, there is still a lot of progress to be made, particularly for LGBTQ+ workers.
Despite the growing number and visibility of LGBTQ+ people in the tech industry, many still face discrimination at work, leading to feelings of discomfort, concerns about safety, and in some cases, a higher risk of depression and anxiety. Without a true sense of safety and community at work, LGBTQ+ employees may face difficulty excelling in their roles and building meaningful relationships with coworkers, and companies may miss out on talent.
In honor of Pride Month, we looked into some organizations offering resources, community, and support for underrepresented trans, queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and gender-nonconforming IT workers, helping empower them in their jobs and lives in general.
1. LGBTQ in Technology Slack – The LGBTQ in Technology Slack group offers a moderated space for LGBTQ+ people in technology to chat with and support each other. The group offers more than 250 sub-channels to join, including ones that highlight open roles, conventions and conferences, and channels dedicated to specific geographic areas. Learn more about the LGBTQ in Technology Slack >
2. Out in Tech – Out in Tech is an international network of queer tech leaders comprised of more than 40,000 members from around the globe. As the world’s largest non-profit community of LGBTQ+ tech leaders, Out in Tech works to create opportunities for each of its members to excel in their careers, expand their networks, and leverage tech for social change. Learn more about Out in Tech >
3. Lesbians Who Tech – Lesbians Who Tech & Allies has created a community of more than 100,000 LGBTQ+ women and non-binary and trans individuals in the tech industry. Their mission is to promote the visibility and inclusion of women, queer people, and others in the technology space through networking opportunities and scholarships. Learn more about Lesbians Who Tech >
4. Unicorns in Tech – Unicorns in Tech is a global community of LGBTQ+ individuals in tech that bridges the gap between LGBTQ+ tech talent, companies, and organizations, helping promote a diverse and inclusive industry culture. The member network of 4,000+ individuals has access to year-round events, job boards, and virtual networking via a dedicated Slack channel. Learn more about Unicorns in Tech >
5. HackOut – HackOut is the world’s largest LGBTQ+ entrepreneurship weekend. The virtual and in-person event is a space for entrepreneurs in the LGBTQ+ community to get together, network, attend seminars, and receive mentorship around LGBTQ business success. Learn more about HackOut >
6. #love_wins Slack channel at Gorilla Logic – The #love_wins Slack channel at Gorilla Logic is a safe space for all of our employees to share articles and events, plan meetings and get-togethers, and further support our efforts to create a safe and inclusive work environment at Gorilla Logic, and in the larger tech industry. The channel is open to all employees, whether they identify as LGBTQ+ or are an ally.
Companies that aim to develop products and services to serve the diverse consumer base must first look inward and ensure that their own workforce reflects that diversity. Beyond hiring LGBTQ+ employees, companies also need to make sure they are fostering a culture that encourages everyone to be themselves and feel safe doing so.