Happy Pride Month! While celebrations this year are still mostly limited to virtual formats, we’re taking time to celebrate the work of queer-focused tech organizations and LGBTQ+ people in tech.
We’ve compiled a list of some amazing LGBT tech companies that are doing the work to create safe spaces, spread awareness, and provide more opportunities for queer tech professionals and LGBT entrepreneurs. Whether you’re in Indianapolis or San Francisco, you can get involved with these LGBT tech groups to network and gain access to professional development and job opportunities. Check out the resources these organizations offer below and let us know how you’re celebrating Pride 2021 by connecting with us on Twitter.
Out in Tech
Out in Tech is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to LGBTQ+ tech professionals. They provide programs to over 40,000 members to help them grow their careers and networks while using tech to create social change. The organization has over 16 chapters worldwide and makes a social impact by hosting events and building websites for its LGBTQ+ activists and organizations. They also pair LGBT youth ages 17-24 with tech professionals for mentorship opportunities. Learn more about Out in Tech here.
Lesbians Who Tech
Lesbians Who Tech is a global community of over 70,000 LGBTQ women and their allies. The organization, founded by entrepreneur Leanne Pittsford, focuses on being “queer, inclusive, and badass” and hosts an annual virtual Pride Summit that brings together queer people and allies in the technology industry. This year’s summit is focused on issues like democracy, police brutality, systemic racism, and climate. Attendees will enhance their leadership and technical skills while brainstorming ways to be better global citizens. The summit will be held between June 21-25 online. Learn more and register for the event on the website.
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) is a nonprofit professional association serving LGBT people in STEM. The organization offers both a student and professional membership option so you can get the support you need no matter where you are on your tech journey. LGBT tech professionals and LGBT youth can benefit from scholarship, leadership, and mentorship programming at oSTEM. Check out the work oSTEM is doing on the organization’s website.
TransTech Social Enterprises
TransTech Social Enterprises was created by Actress and Founder Angelica Ross in 2014. Now, the organization provides trans people with education, support, and jobs in the tech industry. TransTech Social helps companies get connected with the trans community and offers resources including professional development training, an annual summit, job board, and a coworking space in Chicago. Learn more about TransTech Social by visiting the website.
LGBTQ in Technology
LGBTQ in Technology is a Slack group for those who identify as LGBTQ+ and work (or aspire to work) in tech. The Slack group serves as a safe online space to build community with other LGBT tech professionals. There are a bevy of channels within the group so users can connect with other LGBT people on a variety of topics and within a variety of subgroups. Subgroups include a channel for bisexual people, a channel for gay men, a channel for women and nonbinary people, and channels based on location. Join the Slack here.
Young Professionals with Pride
Are you a Washington-based LGBT tech professional or student? Young Professionals with Pride (YPP) provides programs for networking, connection, growth, and learning to LGBTQ+ and allied young professionals. Professionals aged 21-39 from all industries are welcome to attend the group’s mixers and events. YPP is a program created by the GSBA, Washington state’s LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce. Learn more about YPP here.
Out to Innovate
You might know Out to Innovate by its former name, the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP). While the organization has rebranded, they’re still doing incredible work to advance LGBTQ people in STEM. Out to Innovate offers education, advocacy, peer support, professional development, and networking to the LGBT community. Programs and resources include scholarships, mentorships, awards, and an annual summit. Join Out to Innovate here.