According to Stuart B. Cameron, founder and CEO of UHLALA Group, the tech world is not as open as one would imagine and it’s important to advocate for bringing marginalised communities together. A Blind’s report of 2020 showed that 86% of technologists felt that their companies were safe places to work for LGBTQ+ employees, however between 64-76% of these employees actually felt safe.
As a reaction, many big brands are contributing to rainbow capitalism by incorporating queerness into their marketing and products. While it probably stems out of good intentions, it capitalises on the purchasing power of some queer people rather than actually supporting their communities, which is inherently exploitative.
That being said, it’s time to stop talking about awareness and start taking action. Here are 6 LGBTIQ+ in Tech communities you can support and become a part of.
Out in Tech is the world’s largest non-profit community of LGBTQ+ tech leaders with a global network of 40.000 members. They bring communities together through local and digital events, provide scholarships and support their members in networking and career development.
Proudr is the world’s first app that aims to build a business networking community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and queer people in Germany. They launched in 2019 and have since then grew steadily to a community of over 3,200 people and 70 LGBTIQ + friendly companies.
Queer Code is a non-profit community of queer coders who organise local meetups in Berlin, London, Scotland & Yorkshire. Their mission is to create a safe environment to network for queer people working in jobs related to software development.