4 LGBTQIA+ Tech Organisations You Need To Know About
The technology sector is growing in diversity, with more spaces becoming inclusive and welcoming to different genders, sexual orientations and ethnicities. For Pride Month, we want to show off the talented groups, organisations and charities doing amazing work to support the LGBTQIA+ community.
Let’s take a look:
1. Out In Tech
Out In Tech Website: https://outintech.com/
Out In Tech are a fantastic charity creating opportunities for their 40,000+ members to network with others and progress in their careers through a range of events. They help LGBTQ+ people feel represented and supported no matter where they are in their career.
2. LGBT Tech
LGBT Tech Website: https://www.lgbttech.org/
LGBT Tech are a charity researching into the LGBTQIA+ community, technology and how this can expand with programs the community can get involved in. They also have a whole host of resources on their website to ensure the LGBTQIA+ community can stay connected, learn more about their health and to help them stay safe online.
3. Lesbians Who Tech
Lesbians Who Tech Website: https://lesbianswhotech.org/
It’s clear to see why Lesbians Who Tech describe themselves as ‘queer, inclusive, badass’! They’re a community striving to help LGBTQIA+ women, non-binary and trans individuals be more visible to each other in the tech sector and to others as examples of diverse leaders. They also have a supportive community and allies helping to raise the platform on the incredible work other organisations are doing while also inspiring more women, POC, queer and trans people to get into technology.
4. Queer Code
Queer Code Website: https://queer-code.org/
A community of queer coders who create a safe space for queer people in the software development industry to learn new skills, socialise and network with others. They actively challenge the structural inequalities in tech! They hold a variety of workshops and events about everything from celebrating Pride, the latest technology insights and even craft sessions!
With Stonewall reporting that in 2018, 35% of the LGBT community still felt unsafe to share their identity in the workplace, it’s great to see safe spaces there to encourage inclusivity. Alongside the incredible organisations above, you can seek advice and support from many places including Stonewall, Pride, LGBT Foundation and MindOut.
Allies at work can help too
Having diverse staff is not only good practice, but the people can also really add value to your organisation with different experiences, knowledge bases and personalities. Get started with diversifying your workplace with our free e-book, 10 steps to hiring diverse talent.